• Rich Handley

Old Stuff

I felt sick when I entered my storage unit. All my possessions from the past 30 years were in there: clothes, books, furniture, treasures. But it was costing too much to keep and I knew I had to get rid of it.

Luckily a friend offered to help me liquidate. We gave away some, sold some and threw some away. Then I was down to the bare essentials, enough to haul away in my car.

I didn’t know how I’d feel after the liquidation. But it was so liberating. The feeling of heaviness and dread surrounding those possessions vanished, completely vanished. I never regretted it for a moment.

Those possessions represented a whole lifetime that had passed away. I was set free from the past, never to go back again.

Of course now, eight years later, I’ve reacquired furniture, clothes, books, and treasures. But there is no heaviness associated with these new things. The old truly has passed away. Praise God!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5: 17

Behold, I am doing something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert. Isaiah 43: 19

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2: 20

Love and blessings,

Rich H.


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