Since both of our children got married this year, the empty nest has changed our lives in many ways. Groceries are cheaper. The house is quieter. Our schedules are clearer.
And the house is half empty – literally.
We have two bedrooms that are practically empty. The second bathroom is used mainly on Tuesday nights when college kids invade our home for small group. Otherwise, we live in half of our house.
Intentional or not, we’ve significantly reduced the amount of furniture in our home. And we’re good with that. Well, almost, we need a guest bed for the times when the kids come to visit or for other guests.
So, we’re reducing our possessions down to a minimum and we’re cool with it.
That’s why I did a double-take when I noticed the two chairs stacked together in our sun room (pictured above). Why do we have these chairs? We never sit in them. On the rare occasions when I grill out, I use them to put stuff on and that’s about it. Shouldn’t we get rid of them?
They are just sitting here waiting to be used.
I’m not patient with useless things. In my mind, everything should have a purpose. Whether it’s a chair to sit in, artwork on the wall to brighten a room, or a blanket to snuggle up in, I want stuff in our house to serve a purpose. Otherwise, it’s taking up space.
I’m not patient with useless people either. Everyone has a purpose. Everybody has something to offer. Whether it’s a service-related career, volunteering time, generously giving money, or a million other opportunities, I believe everyone should be used on purpose.
There are too many needs in the world that crave your attention. There are too many hurting people that need your comfort. There are too many groups that need your assistance. There are too many strained budgets that need your money.
And, like our chairs, there are too many people stuck in a corner waiting to be used.
Don’t be that guy.
Don’t wait any longer. Step up and find a place to serve. Find a place to use your unique gifts and abilities. Find a cause you can believe in. Find people you can encourage.
Find a need and fill it.
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