Lately I’ve been thinking about stuff. You know, that old gadget or gizmo that you think is so cool, so valuable, and one day it will be sold on auction for pennies on the dollar. Even if you’re into collectibles, coins, antiques, and other stuff, most of the time, you buy it at retail and sell it wholesale. So what’s your stuff worth? I don’t want to disappoint you, but other than sentimental value, your stuff isn’t probably worth too much.
There was a day when I accumulated stuff. For example, when Armona’s parents were preparing to move to a smaller home and had an auction, I bought several fishing poles—complete with hook, line, and sinker. I took them home, hung them up in the attic and promptly forgot about them—until we moved. After moving all my other stuff out of the attic, I decided to sweep the floor. As I swept, something kept rolling ahead of the broom. It sounded like marbles. Not knowing what I was sweeping up, I took a closer look….fishing sinkers. The line on the fishing poles had rotted and the sinkers fell off onto the floor. So much for collecting fishing poles. That day was an epiphany and a total revelation about my stuff. I threw those fishing poles and a lot of other stuff away.
So whatever stuff you’re accumulating, here’s my advice….have an exit plan.
Now there’s something else in which you need to put an exit plan into place---your life. I really don’t care how much stuff you have because, to quote an old saying, “Ya can’t take it with ya.”
Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So, don’t polish up your silver or gold….spend your time polishing up your love for Jesus!
Love in Him,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.