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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Does Stuff Matter? The Woman in the Trash Can

Many people loved her. Children, grandchildren and good friends surrounded her. She loved God, her husband, and her family.

The other day, I tossed her life into the trash and recycle bins.  Greeting cards lovingly preserved, letters, numerous cards, journal entries, and pile after pile of precious photographs of her dear ones.  

Fate and circumstance reduced her long and prolific life to a pile of rubble.  Apparently no one in her family rescued these things.   I was told to get her things ready to sell but to discard the personal stuff. My heart broke for her but I could not go around crying because I threw out a picture. 

Her estate included many wonderful things including books, dishes, household goods, and a myriad of other items.   We gladly  accepted them, knowing they would be put to good use.  We were grateful that the family donated the items.

It set me to thinking of things, of stuff.  How much does it matter?  Is it important?  We all have it.  We spend our lives collecting it and stubbornly hang on to it because it belongs to us.  The Bible tells us that things are not that important.

“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 6:20-21 KJV

I know this great lady built up treasures in heaven and that is where she hid her heart.  The well used Bibles, the cards declaring love, the hymnals, church papers, and notes from friends tell me so.                         
Yes, it made me incredibly sad to go through her things and discard them.  However, I am happy to know that this stuff represented her well-lived life.  Also, it gave me joy to know that she built her treasures in heaven and is now enjoying her reward.  I am glad to know her through a brief look into her life. 

Stuff does matter because we need it in our daily lives.  However, it is temporary and will crumble to dust one day.  Heavenly stuff lasts forever and brings much more satisfaction and happiness. 

 Photos from Wikimedia Commons
Open Bible from Public-domain-image.com 

1 comment:

  1. "Stuff" doesn't matter, they are just gifts from GOd to enjoy our time whilst here on Earth. Stuff are to make one but esp others happy. :)