This week’s article is written by Jan VanMeter, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
I am amazed that the storage units people rent do so well. I mean there is even a TV show called “Storage Wars,” where forgotten units go to the highest bidder. Really? If you have, for one reason or another, items that need to be stored… treasures, etc., I can understand, maybe. But when you forget that they are in storage? Come on now.
The old saying “you can’t take it with you” is my way of thinking. Even items that people save to use on certain occasions end up doing what? Sitting on a shelf or stored away. I use everything. And when I got to where I wasn’t using them, I gave them to my granddaughter for entertaining when she got married and moved to a new home.
There is so much materialism today and there will be even more tomorrow. Products out there that are the next best thing …can’t live without it. And it becomes clutter. Yes, I know I am being harsh, but it does.
“Originally, the cellar served primarily as a coal store. Today it holds the boiler, idle suitcases, out-of-season sporting equipment, and many sealed cardboard boxes that are almost never opened but are always carefully transferred from house to house with every move in the belief that one day someone might want some baby clothes that have been kept in a box for twenty-five years.” — Bill Bryson, “At Home: A Short History of Private Life”
Matthew 6: 19-21 from the Living Bible: Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or — worse — stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place you will most want to be, and end up being, is the place where your treasure is.