Right Sizing.

The other night I relaxed to an episode of “Tiny House Nation.” The intro to the show says, “Drawn to the prospect of financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle, and limiting one’s environmental footprint, more buyers are opting to downsize — in some cases, to spaces no larger than 300 square feet — and this series celebrates the “tiny house” movement.”

I like handyman and construction shows anyhow, but this has the twist of requiring a little extra ingenuity. Space limitations require the wise use of every inch in these miniscule domiciles. That calls for some inventive solutions which adds interest to the show.

The relational aspect of living in a tiny house was also intriguing. One couple was moving into 375 square feet of home and she didn’t appreciate his Banjo playing. He didn’t know where all her quilting stuff would go …. and they both loved books. The potential for being crowded and on each other’s nerves seemed extremely real. The show almost took on the feel of marriage counseling.

This same couple had invested a lot of thought into living small. They had already downsized once in anticipation of their cubic limitations. Then the show’s host made them move their “must have” items into their new space … and there wasn’t any … space. All their stuff fit, but that was before furniture, countertops, appliances and their rather large dog. They thought they were prepared to live small, but there were more sacrifices to make. At the end of the show, we got to drop in on the couple after eight months in their tiny house. They had made the necessary sacrifices; they were still together and seemed quite content with their chosen lifestyle.

Sometimes God pares us down so that we can find and enjoy him. We trade a lot of little, perishable stuff for one great and imperishable good. This was Paul’s story … he wrote,

Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippians 3:7:9