We decided to sell the Honda CRV. Selling a Miata right before winter just didn't make any sense. We can always try and sell that in the spring if we need to.
It was a hard decision to sell the CRV. Neither one of us were really thrilled about trading either car down to a powder blue Olds. And yet, now that we've made that decision we are excited about it. We had figured that going into ministry probably meant that we would have less stuff and need to live more simply. There will always be people who need our things more than us and at times God may ask us to give it to them.
We try very hard to hold our possessions with an open hand. To enjoy them while we have them, but not mourn for them when they are gone. To treat them as things and not part of our worth. It's hard to do this. It's so very easy to get attached to so much stuff. Cars, furniture, clothes, random junk. It's very easy to view all of it as though it were ours and we have keep it. In reality it's God's stuff. He can do with it what he pleases. He will always provide for us. All we need to do is trust Him and be good stewards of what he gives us. The key is that a steward doesn't hoard things, he uses them for things that he thinks the owner would use them for.
So selling the car feels good. It feels like we are one step closer to where God is calling us. It's helping us take serious our commitment to live simply and without debt. We are doing it. We are making one more choice to get to where God wants us to be. And as much as I hate that old blue car, it feels so freeing to let the CRV go.