DD and I are working on my making some old furniture new for her to use in her apartment once she is married in August. We are learning the importance of stretching dollars and appreciating some of the free treasures found in life. A bucket of paint can be a lot of fun. We also learned not to apply primer in front of a fan because it gets stringy and in your mother's hair.
My mother loved a good (or any) garage sale, so there were a lot of treasures and some junk in my house growing up. Unfortunately, my parents were not very good at managing money - something I am very glad to not inherit - and garage sales were necessary. I have only had one garage sale in my adult life and I pledged NEVER to do it again, but if someone else finds value in my left overs, perhaps I should.
I have learned some important lessons about "things":
- Don't accumulate them for the sake of having them.
- If you decide to replace something, get rid of the old thing.
- Things are way less important than people, and if that old thing you refuse to give up is getting in the way of a relationship, get rid of that old thing.
- There is a lot of value in repurposing some things but you can't repurpose people. Don't try to make people what they aren't supposed to be.
So, today I am going to continue to try to make something beautiful out of someone's old junk. It is a process, much like trying to find God's purpose in our lives. (Let me tell you: it's not a secret. Accept Jesus Christ and love God and each other.) Sometimes it is messy, but it is always worth it.