The first lesson from the laundromat is one I already knew and that is the fact that I hate doing laundry. Joking aside I do have a bigger thought from the laundromat. It's about finding dependance on God and not on the accumulation of wealth.
How Many Towels Do One Couple Need?!?
As I was folding clothes I noticed that I had folded six towels. Kenzie and I don't use that many towels. Why do we even own that many towels? I started getting frustrated folding so many towels since we shouldn't even own that many. As we kept folding there were crazy amounts of socks, t-shirts, clothes that I didn't even know we owned.
We live in a culture that just wants more. We have closets, dressers, and bins full of clothes. Half of them we never wear but we keep them anyway. It could be a sense of status, refusal to throw away, or some memory associated with certain outfits. But we are just collecting possessions. It doesn't end with clothes. I have a drawer full of old phones and cords that don't even work anymore. What is the point?
I am reminded of a story in Mark 10 (read it here) about a man who had much wealth. The man asks how to inherit eternal life. He has followed the law since he was a boy, he knows that Jesus is the "good teacher", and he sought Jesus. Jesus answers his question by saying, "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
With the amount of stuff I own and continue to buy my response seems to be exactly like the man who came to Jesus. He didn't go home and sell everything instead the story tells us that, "the mans face fell and he went away sad, because he had great wealth." How am I, how are you, any different than that man. Not only do we have great wealth living in America, but the desire for more stuff takes away our dependance on God.
I want to be a person who doesn't just have stuff to have it. I don't want to own broken cords and phones. I don't want to own six sets of towels. I want to be able to say I gave to the poor. I want to say I am a generous person. I want to be dependent on God. What about you?