I’m not dead yet

First post. I’m not a writer, but here goes:

We had the big “I’m not dead yet” estate sale today. Sold lots of our stuff. Why?

We’ve come to the conclusion that shipping stuff to Peru is just not economical. Shipping costs plus import fees and headaches make it more appealing – did I say that? – to sell everything and start over in Peru, in spite of the fact that we’ll take a beating on the value of everything we own.

Selling everything you own is a little bit painful. More than a little bit. It shows me how shallow all of the Christian talk is when we come to a passage like this:

Matt 19:21-24

21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

“We just need to be sure we’re not too attached to our stuff,” we say. But we are attached to it, and a little part of us dies when we see it go away. It’s not just sentimental value, although that does make a handy excuse. Our stuff defines who we are, or so we think. Seeing this in myself makes me more determined to continue with the selling. I think it’s a good spiritual discipline. Oh, and that “eye of the needle” gate we’ve all heard about? Never existed, except in the mind of wishful thinking Christians.

Some 50 people traipsed through the house today. Most, if not all, commenting on how nice it is. Maybe one of them, or one of their friends, will make us an offer? Thats the big trigger in all of our plans to go to Peru. When the house sells, we will have no more debt, no more commitments here, and enough money to actually make the move. In the meantime, we are beginning to hear hints of possible financial support. Did I mention that we’re selling everything and accepting a position with no salary?

Utter insanity. Except for the fact that we are convinced that God is calling us to Torre Fuerte. Not going forward with this is not an option. God help us. We’ll need it.

James 1:27

27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.