The wear and tear on our house was one thing I never considered when we first began to homeschool. Because we lived at home 24 hours a day, everything from the plumbing to the carpet took an extra beating. My husband regularly came home from work and found a frustrated wife with a request to fix another worn out or broken "whatever" in our house. After several years of homeschooling, we both came to the realization that our dream for a showcase house was simply not going to happen.

As Christians, we forget that our possessions are given to us by God. He makes us stewards of houses, cars, and things to accomplish His will, not just to look good. The rich, young ruler couldn't grasp that fact and loved his possessions too much to follow Christ. In 1 Timothy 6:18, the apostle Paul exhorts those who are rich in this world to be generous, ready to share, and rich in good works. Like the story of the widow and her two small coins (Luke 21:1-4), even the poor have something they can sacrifice to further the kingdom of God.

Do you have possessions and belongings that are sacred to you — things you would never consider giving up for the cause of Christ? Ironically, the things we hold on to so tightly are the very things that begin to possess and hang on to us. You may think you've earned them or have a right to them, but your possessions really belong to God. Will you use them today for His glory instead of your own? "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth" (Luke 12:33).

Lord, my very life is Yours. Everything I am and everything I have belongs to You. Use me and what You've given me to be a blessing to others. In the name of Jesus, Amen.