The “Junk in my Trunk”

This weekend my wife and I moved from an apartment where we’ve spent the past two and half years into our first home. I’m still in pain! After hours and hours of packing up boxes, loading them into the moving truck and taking them off the moving truck, we are now at the overwhelming stage where we can barely navigate through corridors of boxes. We frequently yelled around corners, “Honey, do you know what box my (insert a particular item that is probably small in size) is in?” And we ultimately asked ourselves the question ALL people ask themselves while moving:

How did we get so much stuff?!

We do our best to compile a carload of no-longer necessary items (as if they were REALLY necessary in the first place) to bring to Goodwill. And the marginally necessary things are shelved… until the next move. We have TV shows that make entertainment out of our hoarding, and now we even have a social media haven for our insatiable appetite for ‘stuff': Pinterest.

The great minds at UNICEF recently did something on the virtual wish-list site that really put things in perspective, and consequently reminded me once again that my NEEDS and WANTS are not often aligned.

 Meet Ami Musa. She is from Sierra Leone and has “pinned” a few things as well. Meandering through the lists of iPhone accessories, organic baby clothes (not really sure what that even means), gluten-free pastry recipes and exotic vacation villas that we’ll never go to, we find Miss Ami. She has a few items pinned as “Really want these.” They are things like a tin pail of water, a rusty faucet, and soap. Yep… soap. I’m glad little Miss Ami pinned these items, and in doing so, pinned our attention.

This isn’t meant to be a guilt post. This is meant to be a confession and request for discipline. If I’m able to accumulate so much unnecessary “junk in my trunk,” why can’t I be consistent with making sure Ami gets the things she pins. Instead of my back-up coffee grinder, why don’t I make sure Ami can go to school? Rather than purchasing a set of decorative pillows we enjoy exclusively during Christmas season, how about making sure Ami can enjoy clean water year-round? This is why I enjoy Child Sponsorship. It promotes discipline. It helps guide me towards making sure what I say are my priorities are reflected in my bank account. Therefore, in celebration of my family’s move… and in submission that I need to do more to help children like Ami, we will be sponsoring another child.

You can Pin that!

About David Curtis

David is passionate about two things: Walking with the poor, and the New England Patriots. His interest in understanding and advocating for the poor began while spending the summer in rural South Africa, where he worked alongside a fellow 19 year old at an orphanage. The juxtaposition of life as a privileged American, with that of a determined yet struggling friend and peer from the Global South, began the trajectory of a calling to walk with the poor. Since then he has spent time working in South Africa, Indonesia and Haiti. David graduated from Calvin College as a Social Studies Teacher, combining a passion to teach with that of learning. A potent combination that strives to bring "Mutual Transformation" to the world. Go Pats!

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