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TOO MUCH STUFF
8/13/2020 7:11:00 PM by: Leona Choy

CLEAN THOSE CLOSETS

Some good things have come out of our being sheltered-in-place: we are learning what we can do without and that we should do something about our unnecessary accumulation of material things. Decreasing our worldly goods and increasing our spiritual closeness to God is in line with John the Baptizer's declaration, “He [Jesus] must increase and I must decrease.” Eternal values take priority.

I think of my elderly widowed friend who lived in her own modest, comfortable home among her familiar things even after the passing of her husband. When she had a sudden onset of some health problems, within three weeks her well-intentioned family resettled her in an Assisted Living residence. She was reduced to living in one room without any of the possessions that had given her consolation and security. Beyond her control, a weekend yard sale disposed of everything she had treasured over a lifetime. Not an isolated case.

We can't take anything with us when God calls us to leave this mortal life. The only investment we have is the treasure we send ahead to Heaven. I like the analogy of pulling up to a drive-through bank, putting a deposit in a cylinder, pushing a button and sending it up and over to the bank teller who targets it into my account. The bank may go belly up and somehow I can lose my savings, but whatever I send up to the Bank of Heaven is everlasting.

Whatever season of life we have attained, we can surely look around, take inventory, and conclude that we have too much stuff! I need to intentionally get to it without delay. Anytime is a good time to cut back on what I have stored, to dispose of the unnecessary things to which I have become too attached—to be generous with my abundance, to give it away and bless others. Or throw it away, if it's not essential. It's wisdom to “put my house in order” before I'm forced to. Jesus reminded us in Luke 12 about the man who had a major storage problem but was planning to solve it by building still more storage space. There's a better way. Lord, help me learn to hold loosely the things of earth, the attachments that bind me to the temporal and the temporary.

I came across some new words to the tune of the familiar children's ditty, “Three Blind Mice” which made me chuckle but packed a wallop. Covid-19 time is finally the “someday when...” illusive opportunity I have always looked forward to but never could find—

TOO MUCH STUFF

Too much stuff, too much stuff; more than enough, more than enough,

It's filling the closets and taking up space,

it's growing and spilling all over the place,

We're all tripping over a terrible case—of TOO MUCH STUFF!

 

Too much stuff, too much stuff; more than enough, more than enough,

The piles are staring us right in the face,

they multiply at an alarming pace,

Soon we'll be buried without a trace—in TOO MUCH STUFF!

 

Too much stuff, too much stuff; more than enough, more than enough,

It isn't easy to run life's race,

with all of this stuff slowing down my pace,

God give me grace to rid myself—of ALL THIS STUFF!

 


Comments

Clarice Orr From Nebraska At 8/16/2020 12:59:25 PM

Oh, Leona! I've been working on Too Much Stuff for several weeks. Sometimes I feel I'm reliving my life through memories but I'm realizing how God's Hand has led me through the years.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Clarice, I believe that's exactly what the Lord wants to happen as we relive memories and recognize His goodness in our past years...and thank Him once again for each blessing.

Jo Ciaramitaro From Michigan At 8/15/2020 4:33:04 PM

That's me - TOO MUCH STUFF! I was raised by parents who were savers of all kinds of "stuff." Because they lived during the depression, in their eyes, everything had value and must be kept. However, I do know it's time for me to get rid of much of my "stuff," as difficult as that may be.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I'm one of those depression children too and tend to hang on to things beyond their use. But there is a season to keep and a season to throw away or give away. Let's be practical, right? We can't take it with us...

Roger From Macomb Two. MI 48044 At 8/14/2020 2:16:28 PM

Whenever family members come to visit I insist they take some of my stuff with them. I prefer to see the smile on their face as I hand them something they want, rather than not see them when I'm gone. It will all be theirs anyway.

Reply by: Leona Choy

You are doing good, Roger. That is not selfish but generous as we get the blessing back ourselves when we are generous with the giving.

Donna Duffy Simpson From Winchester, VA At 8/14/2020 11:43:38 AM

Great reminder, Leona, as always! Love you dearly! Please note email change.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I believe the Lord wants you to know that He is pleased with the sacrificial and generous way you have helped others during the past months at inconvenience to yourself and your privacy as a newlywed. God provided a yoked partner to share your life with--for better or for worse and for such times was we are going through.

Susan (Christianson) From King George At 8/14/2020 7:51:04 AM

This is so well put. You are right about it multiplying out of control. I try to "free up my stuff into another life", but it's like taking your hand out of water.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I believe the Lord has provided you as a wise sounding board and counselor for your dear Mom at this time when she is considering options for the rest of the way on life's journey. God has given you a sound mind and good judgment. She needs you.

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