Ottawa is not my home?

Lyn. Her name is Lyn, and she seemed to think it was a little strange, that I wanted to know the name of my grocery cashier. I’ve decided to spell it with one ‘n’, because she said it was very simple, and that I shouldn’t think too much about it (my excuse was “when I think of the cheerful cashier during the week, what name should I give her?”) But she quickly went back to her chatty, cheerful self.

My list of things to do for #40acts is growing! For example, picking up litter may have to wait until the snow is gone; and the person I was going to surprise with a piece of my birthday cake was away last week.

The other one I’m going to get caught up on today, merges a little with the sermon we listened to a couple of days ago. The words that jumped out at me were: “Ottawa is not your home.” Hahaha–just when I’m still trying to get used to the idea that Ottawa IS my new home!! Of course, he was referring to the fact that our citizenship as Christians is in heaven/with God; that everything on this earth is temporal.

Which brings me to the #40acts activity: take inventory of the things you need to hold on to a little more lightly, things you “love”, but should be willing to let go of (and think if there’s something you can give away or use for God). Here goes:

  • My new home! Which I would LOVE to use for Small Group more, maybe eventually.
  • My comfortable chair. I’m not crazy-insistent on my particular furniture, but I would really miss something comfortable to sit on.
  • My home-made things; i.e. things I crochet with colours I particularly “love”–yes, would be hard to give up. Also, home-made things that others have given me, like that herb-picture my Mom made.
  • Photos, speaking of “home-made” things, there are an awful lot of photos/collages I’ve fixed up. Is that really a “thing” though? They can’t be given away, because you still keep copies…. and if anything ever happened that I lost them all, others could always give me back copies.
  • Puzzles, books, etc., meaning something recreational to do. Besides looking at photos. ;) I do admit that it’s been hard to want to even lend one particular puzzle: a beautiful winter scene that glows in the dark (and that reminds me–I could “NEVER” give up my Christmas puzzles!) But I have actually been thinking of letting someone else do that puzzle, before putting it together for the last time and making it “glued down” so that I can put it on the wall.

I’m surprised that there aren’t that many “things” I would hold with a tight fist. However, I may have forgotten some.

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)

Draw our focus to what’s truly important.

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