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Too Much Stuff

Do not store up for yourselves treasurers on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasurers in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19-20

My husband and I have just moved into a smaller home. It didn’t take us long to realize that we needed to get rid of more “stuff.”  We had already done this once, but now we realized that more needed to go.

We are making a concerted effort to eliminate some of the things from our life. This isn’t easy because we both like our “stuff.” We have been able to give some of the items to people who really need and appreciate our “stuff.” We’ve also learned that some of our “treasures” don’t mean so much to us anymore.

We know that our real treasure is in heaven where we have eternal life with Jesus Christ. We still want a beautiful home that is nicely decorated, but we have realized that a home can be even more beautiful when it is not so crowded.

Perhaps your life has “too much stuff” in it. Maybe you have too many hobbies. Maybe you have items in your home that you have not used in years. How about all of those clothes in your closets? There are many people who would like to have some of your things.

Too much stuff causes us extra work. It also causes us to focus on things rather than on God or on helping those in need. As our Scripture for today states, treasurers on earth can be destroyed or stolen. Treasurers in heaven cannot be destroyed or stolen.

Why not take time today to evaluate your life, your home, and your schedule. I am sure you will find things that can be shared with others, even your time.

Georgia Andrus

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