Traveling Light

August 5, 2009

in Generosity

A few weeks ago, I wrote a few posts about traveling and then I went quiet on you.  So, I assumed that you assumed that I was actually doing the traveling.  Travel we did…across the country and back again.

We just arrived home and I’m still working to clean and unpack.  With all the equipment necessary to carry for two little ones, my husband and I tried to keep everything else to a minimum.  Just a few changes of clothes, a few toys, and maybe one book, Bible, and ipod for the journey.

I’ve returned to a home full of clothes and toys and books and I’m reminded how little I really NEED.  Sure, a larger variety of things is great.  And it’s helpful for my husband to have more than 3 undershirts, so he’s not looking at me every few mornings asking if I’ve done the laundry lately.

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

But, too much stuff is just too much. Managing and organizing and cleaning it all, all the time, can so easily eat into time that should be spent elsewhere.

So, I’ve returned from the journey, refreshed in many ways and eager to clean out, sell, and give away in order to feel some of the ‘lightness’ we enjoyed on our journey.  (Well, to tell you the truth, even the little bit we carried was still a bit too much for our backs).

For your trips this summer or for any journey, what are the essentials you can’t leave home without?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on traveling light through this life.  Thanks for your patience while I was away.

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1 sajini Christman August 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

My rough guide copy of whatever country I am in, my Bible and 2 to 3 pairs of clothing!!!

2 Gina August 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

So so true. We just did a little home remodel and I didn’t think I had too much. Boy was I wrong! Now I am weeding through things getting rid of. As far as traveling, I never leave home without my Bible. Sometimes I don’t get a chance to read but I wouldn’t travel without it.

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