Sunday, April 17, 2016

What do you collect?

Friday morning, Hubby and I went to Mondovi to a junk sale. I bet that 20 or 30 years ago, people would say, “A junk sale? Why would anyone buy someone else’s junk?” Today, however, it seems pretty popular. From local rummage sales to shows like “American Pickers”, everyone wants to get their hands on old stuff.

Why is that? Coz I sure know that I have enough old junk of my own, yet I went to that sale two days ago and picked up some new old junk.

Why do we collect the junk we do? Why can’t we part with some stuff? Why do some people become hoarders? And what’s going to happen to all that junk when you die? Coz I am positive you can’t take any of it to heaven with you.  

It’s interesting that in the Old Testament, whenever any groups went out to war, the winner always took the spoils – the gold, silver, animals and all the other possessions owned by the defeated party. They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals. (Numbers 31:11 New International Version)

In the New Testament, however, Jesus says:

            “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin 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 New International Version

So while it is fun collecting all kinds of treasures here on earth, we need to remember what is important and keep our eyes on the prize – Heaven. 


Beth Camp said...

Good morning, Chris. I was drawn to Dino today by that photo. DH and I love going to garage sales to find treasures for the kids and practical stuff (sometimes amazing stuff) to enjoy. I love finding something that someone else treasured -- and treasuring it myself. While we all know that our time here is limited, I like to think we are like the bower birds, creating our safe nests with joy each day, for this life is a very precious gift.

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Thanks for the comment, Beth, and for the inspiration!