Pretty amazing,huh? It looks so great and feels so good to have it cleaned out. In fact, it feels so good that I'm now motivated to start really cleaning out the rest of the house. It makes life so much simpler plus it feels good to know that others outside of our family are benefiting as well. Giving it away is so much an important part of the Christian faith but I find myself too often clinging to "my stuff". But every time this past week that I got tempted to hold on to something that I really did not need, I would be reminded of the verses in the Bible that referred to giving to the poor, especially the one about if I see my brother without a cloak and I have two, then I need to give him one. Well I definitely have more than one "cloak" cluttering up our house.
I'm finding that the more I get to know those in need, the easier it is to give it away.
As Shane Claiborne said in IRRESISTIBLE REVOLUTION, its not that the American church doesn't care about the poor, its that we don't know the poor.
Now I know the poor, my eyes have been opened, my heart has been changed, and I'm without excuse. Okay, I've got excuses, but in the face of the needs around me...and even bigger, in the face of Jesus' sacrifice...they're pretty lame.