Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Stuff, possessions, things. We all have too much of it and apparently are looking for ways to store it. Within a few miles of my home, on streets I travel frequently, there are no less than 4 large storage-type businesses being built. Places to store our stuff when we run out of room at home?  Apparently we are also looking for advice on getting rid of some of our stuff or at least organizing it, as proven by the widely popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and the overwhelming efforts at selling us storage containers and organizing products. (You know...let's go to The Container Store and buy more stuff to help us organize our stuff!) Going even further along this line of thinking, we don't seem to have enough time to spend with our stuff, as everywhere you turn are articles and ideas on how to make more time in our days or at least how to spend our time more efficiently. 

I will admit, as we are moving to a different house in the next few months, stuff has been on my mind lately. Packing stuff, moving stuff, recycling and donating stuff...lots of time spent concerning stuff. I know several people who have had the task of dealing with family members' estates in the past year...lots of stuff to deal with there. And even though I'm determined not to burden my children with lots of "stuff" in the years ahead, I am thrilled by the large closets and storage area of our new home! Lots of room for our stuff.  

For the last several years, our family has attempted to take the focus off of gift giving and lean toward experience gifting/sharing. We have been fairly successful at this, but like most of you I imagine, we aren't completely compliant to the notion. One thing I know for sure is that though I like most of my stuff, my stuff isn't my treasure. My true and real treasures are my people, my friends and family. And my pets of course. Spend a few moments today thinking about your stuff, both literally and figuratively. Oh but that figurative stuff is for another day! 

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Andrea Heshmati


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