Stuff

Good morning!

I was driving down Brookside the other day and had to stop at a traffic light. I caught this sight with my peripheral vision out my passenger window.

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Was this gentleman without a home?  Probably so.
Was he without stuff?
Certainly not!

He was sitting at a table in front of a coffee house with his not one, but two shopping carts. If you look very closely you can see his face peering from behind the cart on the left.

I’d love to know his story. ♡

My heart goes out to people such as him. I would assume something has caused him to leave his “stuff” behind, whatever his stuff may be defined as. The corporate world, marriage, a mortgage or car payment, family and friends, health. Most likely it was something traumatic to him. Maybe not.

When Christ was choosing His disciples, He asked men to leave their “stuff” behind and follow Him.  Many did, but some could not. Some of those with great riches.

Life has caused me to lose a lot of my “stuff” over the years. At times I’ve looked back and missed it. Mainly because I feel like I should be at that stage of my life where I am financially prepared for retirement not starting all over. But it is so freeing to have very little “stuff”. It has allowed me to put things in the proper perspective. To value people, relationships, and love over stuff.

I encourage each of you to look at your own “stuff”. Are you enjoying it and using it to help others or is it hindering you from valuing the things that are most important? Could you leave it behind and follow Christ? God’s word promises us that doing so will give you a hundred times as much and eternal life as well.  Let’s all make our “stuff” be the right kind of stuff. 🙂

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
Matthew 19:29

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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