Well, Christmas is over and 2012 has begun. Many people are sad that their decorations have been boxed up until next December. I am not – my feelings toward Christmas are much more ambivalent. I enjoy the songs, the Story and the giving spirit that seems to flourish at the end of the year, not to mention the food! The focus of stuff – material possessions – does not me feeling jolly on December 25th.
I don’t know about you, but I suspect that your house is like mine – you have too much stuff. I have more clothes than I can use in a month, yet I keep getting more. Same with movies, books, etc. There is a part of me that just wants to pitch it all and not have to deal with it – especially on a day when I have to tend to dirty and/or broken stuff that clogs my ‘to-do’ list like leaves in a rain gutter.
Just getting rid of things, though, is not the answer. My stuff can distract me from the battle that is raging all around – the battle for souls. A better question that Randy Alcorn asks is this – Does my stuff work towards Christ’s Kingdom or not? As a soldier of Christ, is this item a strategic necessity or a liability? Sometimes that book I want will help me grow in Christ; other times that movie ticket will leave me further from His purposes. This dinner out or vacation might be just the R&R a soldier needs; that 4th dinner out this week might be draining away money better spent (or given away!) somewhere else.
I hope and pray that your checkbook in 2012 will reflect strategic living choices. Please pray for me that my checkbook will reflect the same.
(For a great resource on this topic, click here.)