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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 7, 2011 - What to Keep?

By Bob Caldwell

As I write this, we are in the middle of packing to move. Not only am I the kind of person who hates moving unimportant stuff, we are moving into a smaller place so we need to cut down.

There is nothing like moving to make you look critically at your stuff. Yes, this item is nice and usable, but will I ever use it or even look at it again? If I needed to replace this other item, couldn’t I just get one for $3 at Goodwill?

Even the memorabilia that documents your childhood or that of your children comes under examination. OK, the baby blanket stays, but do I really need the blanket from his first full-size bed? I have graduation caps from 8th grade, high school, college, grad school, and seminary. Will none of my children know that I had any education if I don’t keep them?

Without getting too meddlesome, can we all agree that each of us has way too many possessions? And that many of them are really unimportant?

Jesus had this to say about our seeking after possessions:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:25-33 NIV)

And consider these words:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

May God deliver our hearts from hoarding, and open us up to live more simply and use our resources for Him.

— Bob Caldwell is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.

 

 

 

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