When we bought a foreclosure across the street from my home, it came with all the stuff the former owner left when he passed away. Everything he owned became ours. I’m not sure how he felt about his possessions, but they were meaningless to me, and most ended up at the dump. There were some plants that he seemed to have taken care of, that now have a place on my porch. One of them is a Christmas Cactus. This morning, I decided to check on it to see if it had buds, and to my pleasant surprise it did! I’m looking forward to seeing what color it is when the buds get bigger and open up. One day, when you pass, everything that you hold dear will be in the hands of family members, who don’t care about it, or in the hands of strangers who will probably throw it out. We should never get too attached to our belongings, we don’t get to take them with us. When I moved, I got rid of so many things, and I gave my children first dibs on them, then the rest ended up at the Salvation Army. To my surprise, they didn’t want much of it. It was a lesson for me to just get rid of stuff and not worry about leaving possessions for my children, they don’t want it! If you think your possessions are worth a lot of money, cash out now!
Do you know what else is worthless garbage that you keep holding onto? Those harsh memories, that haven’t healed to become useful tools! Ask God to heal you so you can become a blessing to someone else, like the Christmas Cactus that will become a blessing to me when it blooms.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:13-15