My husband and I are experiencing some challenges as we rearrange to make room for the baby we will welcome this fall. Though it is sufficient, our townhome will never be described as spacious. When its small size is coupled with our motley assortment of furniture, it becomes challenging to find room for our possessions.
When we first got married, my husband and I had plans to gradually upgrade our furniture. After spending the first month of our marriage without any living room furniture, we finally did purchase a sofa and loveseat. We thought we would be able to procure a bedroom set, new bookshelves, and some other pieces in the subsequent months. Life happens, though, and other expenses took priority.
The longer we have our mismatched furniture, the less I notice that the pieces don’t match. However, I do notice it on occasion (like when we’re rearranging). In times like this, I realize that I’ve grown quite fond of our furniture. Ironically, it reminds me of our great wealth. We’re wealthy despite the fact that our walls aren’t adorned by works created by famous artists and our rooms aren’t filled with opulent furnishings.
Our wealth is evident in the lively voices and laughter that fill our living room. Instead of a large television and a cable subscription we have a modest setup that allows us to enjoy an occasional movie. We have games that provide hours of free fun around the coffee table. We engage in spirited debates about political issues and current events that we’ve read about on the news or on blogs.
Our wealth is evident in the cuddles we share before going to bed. Our freedom from the drive to “keep up with the Joneses” has left us content, minimizing the stress in our marriage. We’ve learned to enjoy fellowship while completing everyday tasks—doing the dishes, completing yard work, etc. We don’t need extravagant getaways or elaborate dates to maintain our relationship.
Our wealth is evident in the knowledge we’ve gained from the books that fill our mismatched bookshelves. These books have equipped us to comfortably converse with and minister to individuals from varied backgrounds. They’ve helped us be better spouses. They’ve challenged us in our faith.
Our wealth is evident in our choice to tithe and give when we could be using this money to purchase other items and experiences. We wouldn’t have to put up with mismatched furniture if we really didn’t want to. We could purchase new items with the money we use to tithe and give. However, these are priorities to us because we understand that our earthy possessions will one day pass away. We choose to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).
I’ll take these forms of wealth over matching furniture any day.
Are you wealthy despite your humble furniture?