Being Defined By My Possessions

truck 2 Today is a bitter sweet day. Today we say farewell to my husband’s beloved truck. The truck that he wanted for so long. The one that he KNEW was perfect for him the moment he saw it. The one he washed, and waxed by hand, and carefully inspected after each time I drove it. It was pretty, shiny, an attention getter for sure.

This, in one hand is exciting! After all, we have wanted to sell the truck for a while now. We made the decision a couple months back that this would be the best choice for our current family situation.

And, I hate to admit it to him, but I’m a little sad to see it go.

I never really wanted the truck to begin with, to put it simply, I am TOO cheap. BUT, I can’t help but enjoy the nice shiny paint job, tinted windows, and black leather interior.

The truth is, in my humanness, in my pride, I didn’t want to sell the truck.

WHY? Because I liked the looks that I got when I was stopped at the stop light or the stares I received when I pulled up at the gas station. And, I liked the compliments people gave about how nice the truck is.  I liked revving the engine. And, I liked the fact, that in some way or another, I felt great driving that truck.

In a way, it’s like that truck defined me to the world. It gave me a “status” so to speak. Because it was nice, and new, and shiny, and loud- it screamed to the world “I am somebody!”

And, of course, I want to be “somebody”, I mean, who doesn’t?

BUT, how sad is it that I would allow myself to be defined by a vehicle? Something that will fade away in an instant. It’s not making a difference to the world that I drive a nice truck. In fact, nobody else probably even cares!

I think many times in today’s society, we define ourselves and others by the things that we own (or that the bank owns in most instances). The house we live in, the vehicles we drive, the clothes we wear… all things that really are NOT important.

Do I think it’s wrong to have nice things? Absolutely not!

If you have a nice vehicle, or a nice house, or nice clothes, this is NOT a bash on you!

But ask yourself this, if all those things were stripped away from you tomorrow, would you feel the same about yourself? Would you have the same joy for life? Would you feel as confident? Would you be as happy?

Have you ever felt defined by your possessions?

The things we own are just that, THINGS. They are nice to have, but they have no eternal value.

Define yourself by the life that you live. The person you choose to be. AND, ultimately by the grace you have received from our Heavenly Father.

Matthew 6:19-21 “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.”


One thought on “Being Defined By My Possessions

  1. You are so right that our things don’t define us but even when we try to not let that happen, things sneak up on us. All the big stuff in our life is moderate and sensible. But as I really thought hard, I saw a flash run thru my mind. It was my cell phone. I have the best cell phone out there. It does everything, ( most of which I can’t figure out) and I love it, a lot. It makes me the coolest old lady I know. Not really but that was the intention. Now what?


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