Winfrees Going South

When less is so much more


IMG_0011“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:1-3


Over the past several years my wife and I have slowly divested ourselves of most of our stuff.  All of our earthly possessions, after 61 years of life (38 of them together), are now in a medium size storage unit.  Most of this was done over the last two weeks.  To be honest, it was a bit traumatic.  We had a lot of things.  But the process has been such a good one.  It made us look carefully at what is truly important and the craziness of so much of our drive to accumulate.

As the Lord calls us to leave home and family behind and head to Bogotá, Colombia, we know that we need to lighten our lives.  We need to become less distracted with our accumulation of worldly goods.  Interestingly, we are finding that we really need so much less to live on than we have thought.  And, we feel remarkably free.  We don’t even have our own home.  We are living on the kindness of others.

And we are so thankful.  Our Father in Heaven is so good to us as we move forward.  Of course, we will make a home in Bogotá; but we are learning – learning to look to His hand for provision – learning to be satisfied with Him – learning to pray – learning to believe – learning to follow – learning to trust.  Our lives are “hidden with Christ in God.”  That is a truth of our lives under the Lordship of our great Savior that we have so seldom lived out.

We have been bought with a price.  We who are in Christ have died and been raised again to a new life.  We have been blessed “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).”  We have a Heavenly Father who knows all that we need.  The One who clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the birds of the air will certainly care for us (Matthew 6:25-33).  The One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills will see that we lack nothing (Psalm 50:10).

Our God, the One who sent his only begotten Son, “will He not also with him graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32).” 



3 thoughts on “When less is so much more

  1. Mike and Myra Whitener

    Please continue to keep us informed. We are unable to support you all financially but we will in prayer and I don’t just say that. We will pray for you all….have been already.

  2. admin Post author

    Although we still have plenty of monthly support to raise, we need the prayers more. We are so thankful that you guys are praying for us. I do not think that Becky and I would have gone through the massive downsizing if we were not leaving the country. One of the main drivers for us was that we did not want to pay for two storage units. However, the Lord used the process to teach us about His goodness and care for us and to convict us of our own (mainly mine) desire for stuff.

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