The term “storage wars” was born when people could no longer afford to pay rental fees on their storage lockers, so the stuff inside those lockers had to be auctioned off and those auctions got nasty.
There are hundreds of thousands of people throwing their stuff into storage because they have too much stuff to fit into their own homes.
I was talking to a sweet, young mom this week and she told me, through tears, she felt like she had no time in her life to slow down and dedicate herself to what really matters.
We now have so many things that we have to put those things in storage… and, at the same time, we don’t have room for the people that matter in our lives. We don’t have room in our schedule to have lunch with a military wife whose husband is overseas. Or, we don’t have enough time to sit with an elderly neighbor whose family has stopped visiting. Or, maybe worse, we can’t find a moment to sit down and read a book to our daughter. Or, we don’t have time to talk to our teenage son about the issues in his life.
Not only do we face a shortage of room in our schedules, we face a shortage of room in our hearts. And this is the problem. We have plenty of storage for our things, but a lack of space for people in our hearts. It’s so much easier to care about our things than to care about the messy people in our lives.
Scripture reminds us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34).
What item of stuff will you forfeit this week and who will you spend time with instead?
Jenny Dean Schmidt is a wife and mom and Executive Director ChannelMom Media and Outreach, a nonprofit whose mission is to “love, coach and encourage moms by providing media that uplifts moms and families and outreach partnerships that serve moms and families in order to share the love of God.” ChannelMom provides a radio show on Denver’s KRKS FM, a national podcast and webTV on channelmom.com. Jenny had an extensive career in TV news, where she was an Emmy Award-winning reporter, producer and writer. She worked for ABC News, FNN, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, as well as NBC, ABC, CBS and WB affiliates in major U.S. cities. ChannelMom exists to help moms understand the importance of their role, despite a popular culture which often overlooks the value of motherhood and family.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.
Great advice, thank you!