When I moved to New York City I shared a bedroom (not apartment just one 10x10 room) with two other pretty great girls and I felt lucky to be “making” it. You know “making it” having a job and receiving a paycheck from a company every two weeks.
And yes I dreamed of an apartment overlooking Central Park but my side view of the Hudson and Queen Mary 2 was rather amazing and I was grateful for the opportunity and friends who opened up their home. Then I moved to Virginia and was able to buy my own 900 square foot condo! I hardly knew what to do with all the space so I found the coolest engineer in town and got myself a roommate to share the vast space. Fast forward a couple of years and I got hitched and moved into a 2500 square foot home! It was just the two of us and we didn’t even use two of the rooms and the upstairs hall bathroom was never used - - - it was just so much space.
A few more years and humans and a HGTV worthy renovation and now with 3000 square feet I feel squashed. How is it even possible? In my 20s I only required 30 square feet plus the use of a bathroom and kitchen. I am finding that the more space I have the more I require, fill and crave. But how can I be more content with what God has blessed me with? Just last week as we opened up our home for Halloween God whispered reminders in my ear. These whispers came from multiple children including my own children and a handful of their friends. His reminders came from these sweaty and slightly grubby children (sorry but true it was warm here in Virginia last week) that came in for a bit of air conditioning and water. They said, “oh wow I love your home”
"this is a cool kitchen"
“You have the prettiest home” “I love your backyard” They remind me to be grateful for what I have. It’s the words of these small innocent and really sweaty children that spoke to my soul. I am thankful for the blessing of a home whatever the size and am grateful to share it with my family and those who need a bit of air conditioning and a drink of water.
And I'll likely still spend at least 20 minutes this week checking out cool homes on Zillow but hopefully I'll remember to be content. There are many verses but I cling to Matthew 5:5 and do love the message version. So, I'll leave you with it -
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.