This morning I was trying to figure out what to wear. Warmth was important. There was sweater that was just calling out my name. I've had it for quite a while. An oldie but definitely a goodie!
It reminded me of the time I tried to give it away. That's right. I unsuccessfully tried to give it away. I was leading a group on getting closer to God. The details are a little fuzzy, but we were talking about letting go of our possessions. It was all about simplicity.
The book we were reading gave some ideas on working toward living simply. One was to give away a possession that someone else admires to find out how attached we are.
It's one thing to talk about it. Someone in the group joked around about liking my sweater. After that night I really thought about it. Was I ready to do it?
I really liked the sweater. But I knew what I had to do. I washed it and gave it to her the following Sunday. I'll admit it. It was harder than I thought it would be.
It was a test. God wanted to see what I'd do. I did it, and yet I learned I had an attachment to something that wasn't all that important.
I tried to give away my sweater. She gave it back. She didn't like it as much after trying it on.
Now I have a great reminder every time I wear the sweater. I haven't arrived. I've always got some work to do in my relationship with God.
How has God recently shown you that you've got work to do?
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.