Last weekend and this have been a fun time for Greg and me as we are sorting through all of years of “stuff”. Having a garage sale is the best remedy to hoarding and having too much of that stuff. I’ve seen those “hoarding” programs and I’m sure you have too – you maybe even know a friend or two who has WAY too much – and you wish they would give some of it away – or take it away yourself! A big problem we have in this country is the accumulation of TOO MUCH. I mean – how many pencils, pens, pictures, purses, folders, shoes, jackets, plates, cups, clothes, electronics and other things does one really need? Good grief – we even have FOUR TVs!! (At least until our garage sale last week) Um yeah. There are TWO of us who live here. The dogs don’t watch TV. It’s pretty crazy. I’m selling or giving away purses – I don’t really use them – so WHY would I have so many? And what we don’t sell this weekend we are going to give away – no one needs so much.
I’ve learned a great deal about myself and the “stuff” I posses in the last few months. In an effort to downsize it just is not practical to take too much – so – what do I really need? Can I be just as happy with 3 less bookcases? Do I really need that cabinet sitting under the window in my office? Why? So many pillows? So many shoes, clothes, jackets?? REALLY??? No. We are stopping the madness.
And we may not get it right – but at least we are moving in a direction that will allow us to lighten the load – not become too dependent on material things. Reminds me of that passage of scripture which reminds us to keep in simple.
But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. Matthew 6:20 Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I believe the whole purpose behind this particular scripture is to gently remind us – that while having material things is not in itself wrong or bad – if our focus and only source of happiness comes from having them – GET RID OF THEM.
What does it mean to “collect treasures in heaven”? I know what it means down here on earth and for me personally. It means the things I love and hold onto in my heart. The things I dwell on and think about. The things that overwhelm my thoughts. They are desires, people, pets, things that bring comfort and much, much more. To “collect treasures in heaven” must mean that God wants my thoughts and desires to be focused daily first and foremost on Him and what is important to Him. His words of love in the written word tell over and over again how he loves so much that He sacrificed everything – not withholding His only son to save us. He is concerned for lost people. He is concerned with showing love and compassion because it is what he provided as an example for each of us. When we love, show compassion, are kind, gentle, generous and forgiving – we model the very behavior that He came to earth to show.
I don’t know about you – but I am “collecting treasures in heaven” by showing love. By dwelling on thoughts of being an encouragement and by being kind and generous. I want others to see what Jesus looks like – by seeing me. I want others to collect those treasures for themselves too. And in heaven you don’t have to have a garage sale to lighten the load – up there it will be THE MORE TREASURES THE BETTER!! I want my treasures to be the people I have influenced and loved. I want to see them all represented – all the years and investment like shining jewels sparkling and bragging about me! And I want you to have just as many if not MORE than I will have!