And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21)
As missionaries we have elected to sell everything we own and move overseas with what we can take on the airplane. This may seem stark to some people. Think about it though. We have promised to be overseas at least 5 years. Truthfully after 5 years we will really only be scratching the surface of the language and the culture. We foresee that this is where Steven will finish his ministry. Putting things in storage would cost more than it is worth. A few sentimental things will be kept with family members.
Sometimes it seems overwhelming to me. On August 11th we will be married 27 years and we have five kids. This means we have A LOT of stuff to dispose of. We have given some away. We have sold some. We have thrown some away.
Some things are easier to part with than others. We just recently sold our pop up camper. We were really concerned about getting that sold before the camping season is over. We have a lot of good memories tied to that. We were glad to see another family hitch it to their car to start making their memories with it.
As it was rolling away from our home we started talking about all the different trips we took with it. We laughed at some of our adventures in it. Some brought back some memories of having to do laundry unexpectedly. We smiled and giggled during our trip down memory lane.
Then the realization hit me. We would no longer be packing it up. We would no longer be driving through state parks trying to find the perfect lot to set it up on. A part of our life was over. It was a dampening of the relief that we had sold it.
Jesus never promised us things would be easy. In fact, he tells us to pick up our cross and follow him. While one part is ending, another is beginning. It is my sinful side that wants to hang on to all these earthly possessions. I should be focused on what Our Lord has called us to. I know that the Lord forgives my covetousness. I cling to Christ on the cross and that covers all of my sins.