I have found that through moving into a new place, I constantly think about "stuff." All the stuff I "need" and how much the stuff I have doesn't look the way I want, or how people will think my mis-matching stuff or outdated stuff might be my actual preference. These thoughts, if we are not careful, will start to consume us in a very consumer-driven nation. I was truly convicted to recognize my humanness this week. While I always thought of myself as fairly simple, non-materialistic, and comfortable in who I was without concern of what others thought, I now (and have before) realize we are all very self-driven. Thank goodness we can recognize it, and not remain in such thinking.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think its bad to want to make a home for yourself. In fact, I randomly opened to Proverb 14:1 today, which says,
"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down."
What I'm saying is that I want to build my house with wisdom. Not the kind of wisdom that comes from ourselves. A wisdom that is not of this world. I want to be that wise wife. I want to have a different perspective. An eternal perspective. The foolishness of this world is what tears homes apart. May we always look for ways to humble ourselves and remember how truly blessed we are.
p.s. I really do love my new place and can't wait to put it all together! The distressed kitchen table turned out great!!! Pictures to come...
p.p.s. Coming soon: Tips on using coffee beans to get rid of bad odors found in new places. :-/