trapped-by-our-stuff.jpgA rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’  – Luke 12:16-20

Build bigger barns! Buy another storage unit. Fill the attic, the basement and all the closets.  He who finishes with the most “stuff” wins! Why does it seem so easy to accumulate more and more, and so hard to consider sharing it instead of hoarding it away? Too often, we gather our stuff around us until it is a barrier – protection – from the world and everyone that we think wants our stuff.  In the end, it’s just stuff that is left behind, liquidated, discarded, forgotten.  But that which we share with others, making a difference in human terms, lives on long after we’re gone.

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