“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.          Matthew 6:19-21

What is it about ‘things’ that makes us afraid of letting go? What is it about possessions that makes us so attached to them?

When we have more than we need, we actually add stress to our life. More clothing means more choices to be made. A bigger house is more to clean. A fancier car is more stress in a parking lot.  More electronics mean more things to update, repair or misplace. A bigger bank account is just more that can be stolen or lost. More things mean more ways to not find what you are looking for.

And then we cling to all these things. We have so much and still we buy more. We fall into the trap of actually believing the old saying, “he who has the most toys wins.”

The display of grace inherent in giving freely and joyously is worth more than any material possession. Supporting those in need carries weight in God’s kingdom that far exceeds any earthly admiration.

When we truly believe our treasure is in heaven, we can release our hold on things of this world. It is time to declutter our lives and in so doing, bless someone else. To God be the glory.

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