_Moving from a 2000 square foot (186 m2) home in New Jersey, USA to a 700 square foot (65 m2) apartment in France wasn't so tricky. I left pretty much everything behind. And in doing so, I discovered that all those lovely appliances I thought I couldn't live without (which all had the wrong plugs anyway) could be replaced by a big spoon and a sharp knife.
Now, almost seven years later, I am dealing with all that stuff I apparently don't need as I empty my house to get it ready for sale.
Funny thing though. While logic says I don't need these things, I am having to deal with an emotional argument that says "I want them!"
But do I really? What is this tendency to hang on to stuff that no longer fits in one's life?
I find there is not much of a difference between thoughts and things. How often do I hang on to some thought, attitude or behavior that I have grown attached to and called "mine" but that is non-essential and cluttering up my life?
As I sort through the house, I am asking myself what is worth hanging onto and what I should let go. It is all about what fits.
Does this item fit with my life today? Does it add value? And the desire for it - am I hanging on out of a fear of letting it go? Am I afraid I won't have what I need - afraid of growing and adapting to new circumstances?
The Bible sets a good standard of measure for both thoughts and things. Paul speaks of using "our powerful God-tools" to fit "every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ." (2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 The Message, Eugene Peterson)
_I like that.
The Christ, God's everpresent activity of good, is impelling progress throughout creation. Hanging on to the Christ and letting this Christ shape the details of my life, my thoughts and my home, can open me to progressive views of God's goodness in the forms appropriate to my need.
The Psalmist says to God, "Seven times each day I stop and shout praises for the way you keep everything running right. For those who love what you reveal, everything fits..." (ibid.119:164-165)
As my husband pointed out, that really comfortable mattress and boxspring I was thinking of sending all the way to France would only fit in our apartment if we put it under the bed. Think "Princess and the pea".
Nope. It doesn't fit. Neither does the fear that I will be without comfort wherever I am in the world... Or the thought, "But I want it!"
I can let them all go.
A have two published articles dealing with problems related to my move to France. If you are interested in exploring more on big moves, you can check out "Always at home" and "Praying from the platform."
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no