I’ve had to clean out all of my husband’s ‘stuff’ as well; stuff that in his eyes had great value.
Ron was a bits ‘n’ pieces man. He saved little bits of this and that in case he might need it. His collection of tools would keep any shop in business. He had every kind of nail, bolt and electrical wiring you could imagine.
The family took a few mementos but they have no room for ‘stuff’ either. So I called our local handyman, Mike. Mike is a bits and pieces man like my Ron. Over time, he too will use everything there.
I am so happy because when everything was being junked it felt that Ron’s life counted for nothing, that all he worked for and saved to pay for or collected was just worthless. I am so pleased to have found a home for his things and I think he would be too.
When it comes down to it really, our stuff is just what it is; stuff that we cannot take with us to heaven. Quite frankly, we wouldn’t want to. Whoever lay on their deathbed calling out for their best hammer or chisel? Yet here on earth, it is an encumbrance to others because it is not their ‘stuff’.
Whether we call it equipment, gear, tools, goods, things, paraphernalia or loot, it’s junk in someone else’s hands. Take care that your loot does not become more stuff to get rid of.
Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” (Proverbs 1:13-14, NLT)
Prayer- Father, thank you for reminding us that we all have way too much stuff that would be better used in another’s hands. Amen.