What's The Value Of Stuff?

We're now one step closer to our move date - we've had our yard sale! On a chilly October morning, we laid out the excess stuff from our home onto tables in the driveway. Then we let people come by, look through it, and buy it for their own home.

It's a really weird concept if you think about it. You assign a value to the things you own, and then hope that other people see that same value. We pass on our leftovers with the hopes of making profit and giving someone else a joy - and a bargain.

The hardest part of the yard sale experience is in choosing those prices. While some things you price just to be rid of them, others have a little more meaning in your heart. You've lived with those items, seen them every day and made them a part of your life. All of a sudden you wonder how you could ever part with that "thing." The next thing you know half of your sale items are back inside because you've refused to let go.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21

While it's a joy to have a little extra cash and a lighter load for the moving van, the stuff on those tables aren't that important. They aren't essentials for living and they aren't necessary for getting through the day. Things are nice to have around and God gives them as blessings, but there's so much more to life than stuff.

The treasures that I want to treasure are those that won't get wet if they're out in the rain. I want the treasures that grow, develop, blossom and shine brighter each day. I want to treasure the stuff that God Himself is storing for me in my Heavenly mansion. Those are the things that will never go in a yard sale and we'll never be able to put a price tag sticker on them.

Because we'll never want to part with them to begin with. And because they're priceless.


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