During the past few weeks, the weather has been sunny and pleasant one day, while being cold and rainy the next. Nonetheless, spring time is here and for many Tri-Countians that means only one thing — it’s yard sale season.
When my wife, Carmen, and I got married seven months ago, it was a precious uniting of two individuals and two families in holy matrimony. But it was also the uniting of two individuals with 20+ years of accumulating everything from clothes to toys to furniture and appliances.
So this weekend, Carmen and I plan to start a project that has been nearly two years in the making — organizing our garage and hosting a yard sale.
I moved into our house before we got married so my things were already taking up some space. Then Carmen moved in after the wedding and added to the collection.
If you were to look in our garage right now, you would find golf clubs, old furniture, stuffed animals, lawn mowers, the weed trimmer, Christmas decorations and a few tools. One thing you would not find in our garage, however, is a car. There just has not been enough room for one yet, but my goal is to be able to fit one inside there by the end of the summer.
Recently, we’ve been watching TV shows like “Hoarders” where people have held on to so many possessions — and even trash — that they can’t even find their own bed.
I am nowhere near that level but I have accumulated more stuff than any 29-year-old man needs.
My clothes take up a closet-and-a-half, a full set of drawers and the entire coat rack, but Carmen will still find plenty of my garments lying around on chairs and end tables or wherever there is an open spot. And my dad actually just dropped off another stack of shirts he found that I forgot I even owned.
As a child, I built up a huge collection of Jeff Gordon NASCAR die-cast cars and WWF action figures (not dolls). Since then I’ve acquired more and more sports memorabilia like my bobble head collection, baseball cards and my Kentucky Derby Glass collection.
I have so much of that stuff that it’s scattered between my house, my grandparents’ attic, my parents’ homes, and now my office space at work.
Then there is all the hand-me-down appliances, silverware, dishes, glasses and furniture I’ve collected over the years.
Add all of that to Carmen’s possessions, plus the presents we received at our wedding, and you have enough stuff to open a store for at least a year.
And while I don’t consider myself a hoarder, I do have that same mentality where I look at all these things and convince myself that I need to hold on to them for some reason or another.
But as I take a step back and look at all my stuff, I realize it’s just that — stuff.
As Christians, we have to teach ourselves to not get attached to all our stuff.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I don’t think it gets any clearer than that passage. Our earthly treasures typically just lie around and get dusty or rusty. And we still make sure to obsessively lock our doors and windows so no thief can break in and take these things.
Ultimately, it all ends up distracting us from the real treasure which is eternal life and the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am looking forward to hosting our first yard sale soon, but most importantly I am looking forward to getting a car parked in the garage and getting my family and myself parked in Heaven.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com