You cannot take a moose, moth or spider webs with you…


Yikes! First, Henry the big old moose tumbled into my arms. Then came the avalanche of plastic bins mixed with a tool kit and camping gear. Once the avalanche stopped, my husband and I examined what remained in the storage unit and thought, “We’re moving…time to get rid of a few things!” After all, we have stuff at his parents’ house, a storage unit, and what is shoved in the closets and cupboards of our apartment. Thus, starts the part of our journey that requires de-cluttering even more…

This is not the first time we have purged our belongings. We did it about a year ago which resulted in a yard sale and trips to the Goodwill. The second time was six months ago as we prepared to move to a new place.

Perhaps there is a reason that there is a verse that reads “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal,” (Matt 6:19, NIV).

This verse is so true – why would we continue to store stuff in a storage unit that will only collect dust or other problems? That’s taking precious resources like money and time to manage? Fortunately, no moths flew out of the unit; however, there were traces of dust and spider webs around the door. Therefore, this move is a great excuse to take back the money and time that will be used elsewhere since we definitely cannot take it all to Nevada nor can we take any of it to heaven.

After all, our time and money can be used to build up the kingdom of God and fulfill His purpose for our lives.

Matthew 6:21 (NIV) reads “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I want my heart to be in the right place and to be used by God, not spent storing stuff that collects dust.

How will we accomplish this? We will follow the rule, unless it’s irreplaceable like the many pictures we have of family and friends or my grandma’s old kitchen table now used as a desk as I write this blog, it will go to the Goodwill if it has not been used in over a years.

After all, according to 1 Tim 6:19 “In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” Therefore, we will continue to store up treasures in heaven as we prepare to move towards our vision in Nevada.

What do you have stored up that is keeping you from your vision or purpose? Like me, do you have the gene that causes you to horde stuff?

Finally, one question remains – do we keep the moose or give it away? What do you think?

Oh, yes, we managed to get everything but the moose back.  He is now sitting quietly in our rocking chair as he studies the world around him in our apartment.

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4 comments on “You cannot take a moose, moth or spider webs with you…

  1. You know, Ann, over the last 10 years I have moved many times. I have lost so much. I have gained so much. Things come and go. Things are just that, things. The only things that I hold dear to my heart are my children and anything related to them-their pictures, their artwork, their baby clothes, their special treasures. Everything else can be left behind. It can go to someone who will actually use it!

    And I say KEEP the moose-if he means something to you! If not-give him to a child who will love him!

    Enjoy your journey of purging!

    • it’s hard to decide what to give up. I’m storing a couple things at your gpa’s place – a cradle he made and a family heirloom. Guess it comes down to what is irreplaceable, what will cost too much to replace vs the cost of the move, etc.

      We will be somewhat closer to you and your mother so maybe we’ll be able to visit someday…maybe give you the moose if we ever get tired of it.

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