By Dick Duerksen
|© 2008 Dick Duerksen, Storyteller Maranatha Volunteers International|
|Seems like there’s never enough room for all the stuff in my garage. Even when I have a “garage sale” and then “throw the rest away,” there’s still too much stuff in my garage.
Right now the list includes:
•12 boxes of books that we haven’t opened in two years
•A wood stove that we’ll put into the Colorado mountain cabin whenever we find the cabin, can afford it, and will have tie to spend there
•Twelve three-foot strips of HO train track…but no train
•More Christmas decorations, and a big old plastic tree!
•And a car I cannot afford to drive.
Jesus once told a story about a man who had collected so much stuff that he tore down his garage and built a GIANT GARAGE to house all his stuff. The punch line is in Luke 12, verses 20 and 21.
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
Maybe God’s telling me that it’s time to clean out the garage. This’ll mean joining a neighborhood garage sale, making several trips to the Goodwill, selling the stove so someone else can store it in their garage, and donating the proceeds to Maranatha.
It will also mean conducting a full Spring Cleaning in the rest of my life.
Jesus’ story really wasn’t as much about “stuff” as it was about “priorities.” This could mean some pretty significant changes…
By the way, could you use some Christmas decorations?