Ever wonder just what it will take? Ever wonder how much is enough, and how much is too much, and who makes the distinction? Ever wonder what’s in God’s plan?
Ever want to tell someone they shouldn’t do something because you can see they’re chasing the Stuff and not following the Way? Ever keep quiet because, well, what do you know? Ever regret your silence AND your visit AND wonder what to do next?
Materialism is a great temptation I face so very often. I – we – have lots of Stuff. There’s no shortage of it in and around my humble home. I’m often plotting to get more of it, and it’s a wonder we have living space left. But didn’t Jesus walk around with just a knapsack? No, wait, he didn’t have anything…or did he? Whatever it was, it wasn’t much. And if I’m supposed to be like Jesus – who was a bachelor, so take into consideration all the kid stuff he would have had to have if he had been married with kids! – if I’m supposed to be like Jesus, maybe I need to reconsider some of this Stuff, and most of all, my approach to Stuff.
Then I got to thinking about the mental Stuff I carry around with me, the baggage that I really need to let go of, to be free from, to release into the big blue void.
There’s no shortage of Stuff. How can I want more? Lord, help me to seek you, and not the Stuff that pervades every corner of my life.
Sarah, Here is my look at “stuff”. God Bless, Jim
It is *stuff* that gets me into trouble. Even something as simple as a new mop. I have a mop. I have a swiffer. I have a bucket and a rag. But almost everytime I am in the cleaning supply ailse I look at all the mops. Do I really think that a new and improved *better* mop will clean my kitchen floor better!? I don’t clean my floor that often, why would I spend the money on a product unless it is going to clean the floor FOR me!?!? It is all the little stuff that creeps up and clutters my house! I hear ya, Sarah. Where did I get the idea that who ever has the most wins?!