Devotions By Jan



Scripture for Today: Philippians 3:8  “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

We are getting ready for a big transatlantic move.  Because we will be downsizing, there is quite a lot to sort through.  After twenty five years in France, items have piled up in cupboards, drawers, armoires, and the attic.  It is an emotional roller coaster to decide what is worth keeping and what I must let go.  There are so many precious memories attached to so many things.   The questions are endless.  Will this fit in the smaller place?  Will I someday regret throwing this?  A particular object may not be my style, but I hang on to it because it was a gift from my kids.  There are boxes and boxes of photos from pre-digital times.

Sifting through all the accumulated stuff has made me think of what Paul said in our verse for today.  He counts everything as “rubbish” when compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.  The context is in reference to all his accomplishments in being a good Pharisee.  His own efforts in earning salvation are only rubbish.

I do not feel guilty to have some attachment to my “things.”  It is normal.  But when I compare them to the treasure of knowing and loving Jesus Christ, then indeed, it is all rubbish.  When I place that item in the box for the thrift store, I know that it makes no difference whatsoever when looking at eternity.  Whatever it is, it will not last.  Only two “things” will last forever; our souls and His Word.

Keep me focused, Lord, on what is really important!

7 thoughts on “Downsizing!

  1. Thank you Jan for sharing you insights. I also need to downsize sooner than later. I am not looking forward to it at all! Thank you for the reminder what’s important and what lasts – our souls and God’s Word. May He help us to keep focused and give us the extra strength to get rid of stuff we don’t need to be free to move on.

    Are you not going back to France? We are actually moving out of our house before going on a year’s home assignment mid-July to Europe and to the US. We are not sure yet where we are going to be when back in Cote d’Ivoire.

    Blessings on you both, Angelika


  2. Explain what you mean by downsizing for a big transatlantic move?  Are you leaving France for good to move back to the USA?  I keep up with you guys through these devotionals and Facebook but haven’t seen anything about a big move.  Please tell more!   Randy and Marti Riggins



    • Hey, Randy and Marti, It will be a big change to spend three months a year in France and nine each year in the States recruiting and training. We’ll be keeping a studio and car here to be “hands on” with all our summer projects. E-mail to follow with more details. Thanks for keeping up with us and blessings to you and yours, Jan


  3. Praying for you and the transition

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. As I too am going through my “things” and tossing out much, I am recognizing anew a truth about what truly is important, and it is not “THINGS”. So thankful to be God’s child. xxxooo


  5. I promise I won’t hold a grudge if you throw out any gifts I gave you :). Great perspective in your post!


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