Anthony returned home from that trip in November 2010. And the Mezuzah is still sitting in my office. In the box. (It was taken out of the box for the first time so I could take this photo.) Actually Anthony had brought home two Mezuzahs that trip and I just couldn't decide which one I wanted, so I kept them both. Both in their boxes. In my office. Until I could decide which one I wanted to keep. Here we are a year and almost 3 months later...
"...the sin of hoarding is more than just having. It's having without using. The wickedness accelerates in the waste. In part, hoarding means withholding what we don't even use from others who'd treasure it." ~ Day 1 of Week 6 of the James Bible Study by Beth Moore
Beth Moore discussed this thought in more detail during the DVD Session 7... and then I reminded myself how on Day 1 of Week 4 the Shema was discussed which are the words that are written on a scroll and placed in the Mezuzah. And I had actually placed the other Mezuzah in my bag that week to show the ladies an example. But I never did pull it out to show it... and I wonder why I didn't bring this one to show...
Today I received an e-mail from a young friend that I mentor. She attends Bible Study with me. And this study has been convicting her, too. (I received her permission to share this e-mail.)
Hi there,It was hard. I'm a bit embarrassed by how hard it was. But I had 33 handbags. I'm keeping 15 and donating 18 (though I'm going to let my sister-in-law go through them first, so might only be donating 15 or so). There are 4 Coaches in there, and quite a few other higher end choices!
I have 2 shopping bags of Ann Taylor, Casual Corner, CABI and J Crew clothes. Three coats and a full gallon size Ziploc of high fashion jewelry. Some nice pieces - I just have an excess - obviously.Realistically, I'm keeping 15 handbags!!! And enough jewelry, coats and clothes to be a diva. So I'm at peace with this. If GHM Boutique can sell this stuff to feed people - I'm not using it...so I'm okay with not having it. Freedom...from stuff...one step at a time.You can do this, too!love you,
I love how she encouraged me at the end! She's right, I can do this, too! And I am starting with this Mezuzah! I was sitting next to the friend to whom it rightfully belongs during the DVD Session 7 and leaned over to her to let her know that I had something that belonged to her. I know she will be thrilled to receive it... and I am thrilled to have this very personal example of how I was holding on to something without treasuring its worth and making sure it was given to someone who would.
"All of us are accustomed to the saying 'use it or lose it"
but, the fact is, we're going to lose it all anyway.
We're not taking one ounce of this stuff with us when we die." ~Beth Moore
What about you? I think YOU can do this, too! And if you already have, I would love to hear your story.