Do I Really Need That Stuff?

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Posted in Devotional

Do I Really Need That Stuff?

As I write this, I am on a flight with my wife, Sister Gina, and our 6-year-old twins, Joshua and Rebekah. We are headed to the Pacific-Southwest Joint Conference in Arizona. This trip holds many firsts for us:

  • This is my first spiritual conference.
  • This is Gina's and my first spiritual conference together as a family.
  • This is the first time the twins have ever flown in a plane, and this is the first vacation we have ever taken as a family by plane. (Don’t judge too harshly — the kids are only 6.)

A while back, I wrote an article titled “The Landfill of Life.” At this stage in Gina's and my life, we are realizing many other firsts. We just sold our home, which was 5,100 square feet with six bedrooms, and we now lease a three-bedroom 1,700-square-foot house. We've had to reduce the amount of “stuff” we have, as we had two options: 1. Get rid of what we don’t need right now, or 2. Store stuff we might need one day when we move again.

Gina and I decided to get rid of the items we don’t need right now. It amazes me how much “stuff” we once thought we “needed” that we now no longer “need.”

I am reminded that we don’t really need any of it. The “stuff” of this life sometimes slows and bogs us down. Can’t do a mission trip because we are paying off debt on all the stuff we need? The Bible and The Book of Mormon are consistent in their teaching that The Lord — who owns all our stuff, by the way — will never forsake us, and He will always provide what we truly need. I have never seen Him fail yet.

My wife and I are excited that we are moving within five miles of 10 members of our branch and their families. The relationships we build with these families will be much more important than the most valuable stuff in our home.

Sister Gina described the getting rid of these items as a “cleansing.” We aren’t saying that everyone needs to be a minimalist, but we are saying that the stuff we got rid of won’t help anyone hear about the good word of the Lord or about His redeeming grace. At the end of the day, isn’t that why we were put here? Isn’t that the most important thing we can do while we are here on this earth?

I pray that you examine the “stuff” that you value and analyze whether it hinders you from doing the important things of the Lord. For some people I know, their “stuff” means nothing to them, and it doesn’t slow them down a bit. But Gina and I needed the cleansing and the renewal of our hearts and minds. May God bless you wherever you're at!

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