Friday, March 11, 2011

More Than Spring Cleaning

My best friend Heather just returned home from a mission trip to Honduras. Without having to tell you the whole background on Heather and why this mission trip was such a huge deal I am going to tell you one way that her trip affected me.

I know what you are thinking... "Wow how.... self absorbed of you."... just hear me out.

Heather just endured more emotionally and spiritually than I will ever understand. I say that because I am not sure I will ever get the chance to serve the way she does. Hearing about her trip made me question a lot of things in my life. First thing I questioned: do I appreciate what I have.

If you are feeling totally lost on this go here and read her story, then go here and read what the first day of her mission trip was like.

Looking around my house I realized we have so much more than probably 85% of the world. So much stuff that isn't even being used. So much stuff that others could be using. So much stuff! My house makes me feel so selfish all of a sudden. As I begin to think about my spring cleaning, Honduras comes to mind.

I love spring cleaning and this year it is going to be cranked up a notch! I want to really get rid of things. I want try to live minimally. I want to take time to appreciate what has been provided for us. I want to be grateful for all things. To do this, changes must be made. Closest must be gone through. Drawers must be emptied. Toys must be sorted. Donations must be made.

I may never be able to experience firsthand what Heather did, but I hope that I can continue to be affected. Heather's trip has affected me (which I can only imagine how deeply is really is affecting her).... this is only the beginning.


Emi Brade said...

I lived in a TINY village in Ghana for a month and worked at an orphanage and on a maternity ward. Letting guild ride you down isn't the answer. When you start experiencing the fact the having less "stuff" often leaves you with more room to fill with love and happiness. I hope your friend has an amazing trip.

Heather said...

I know right! It makes me want to (move to Honduras) throw everything out of my house and live on the bare essentials...that aren't even really essential!

ps - even if you can't go to a foreign country, you are a missionary right where you are. Honduras isn't the only place that the light of God needs to shine!

Emmy said...

Sounds like she had an amazing experience. I recently donated a bunch of stuff, I was planning on doing a garage sale, but then I thought about how temporally blessed we are and donated the things instead.