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Improving Your Storage Space

By:  Donna Martin

Just before our first child was born Mike and I moved from an apartment to an 1150 square foot house. It was cute and cozy, but after the third child came along and all the kids started growing bigger, it turned from cute to crowded.  We began to look for a larger house, but decided instead to remodel and make our house larger.  When it came time for us to move things out of the boys’ room, one of the construction workers observed, “I can’t believe you managed to get so much stuff in this little closet.”

I was so thankful for all the new storage we had after we remodeled.  However, it was surprising how quickly the storage space disappeared as we collected more things through the years.  I really don’t consider myself a hoarder, but over the years toys, momentums, and things that we weren’t using at the time but “might need later” started filling every inch of storage space.

Jesus told this parable in Luke 12: 16-23.

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Today we live in a very materialistic society.  So much of our time and energy is spent acquiring and taking care of things.  Most of these things end up broken, outdated, or stashed in the back of a closet.

Through the years we have learned that it is not our belongings that make us happy.  We were no happier in our larger house than we were in our small house (maybe less crowded).  Our joy has come in our relationships with family and friends - our walks in the park, holding a new born, playing hide and go seek with grandchildren, going on vacations.

However, even these times can be disappointing and tiring and one day even these happy moments will come to an end.

So what brings us real joy?  You probably already know.  Our real joy comes in knowing Christ as Savior and Lord of our life.  That relationship will last forever, gives meaning to our lives, and an inner peace and joy that nothing or no one else ever will.

The Martins currently present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at

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