March  2020    

            Whew! We’ve been doing a lot of moving lately… that one here, this one there, shuffling lots of stuff from one pile to another, unloading in this storage unit or that storage unit, some in this garage, and some more in someone else’s garage.  It’s hard sometimes to know who’s coming and who’s going, whose stuff goes where.  Such is life around the Johnson house these days. I have been reminded that we have a lot of “stuff.” And when you have a lot of “stuff” you do a lot of shuffling “stuff” from one pile to another. And stuff can go from “neatly organized stuff that all has it’s place” to “chaotic disheveled stuff” that just drives you batty… or at least it does me.  Nancy learned early about me that I hate to get rid of “stuff.” “Stuff” has a story to tell… some significance, some importance, at least to the “stuff” collector as I might be. And besides that “I might need it some day!” So, I keep it! Shuffle it! Re-organize it! Make neat piles of it! And mostly just have too much of it.  When Nancy and I married I even had the very first coke can from a vending machine at Hays High School… now there’s a collector’s item for you.  Nancy threw it away!  What a waste! Right? A piece of history just gone!

            You know, really and truly, “stuff” just clutters our lives! Doesn’t it?  It’s gets in the way, draws cob-webs and collects dust, and generally just gets in the way. It takes up space… sometimes valuable space that is needed for other things. And with Spring quickly approaching, many are thinking of a good “Spring-cleaning” and purging a lot of stuff. Can I tell you that in my experience, we usually just clean out and get rid of stuff so we can refill it with more… you guessed it… STUFF!   In all of this moving, I recently cleaned out our garage.  It looks great, but essentially all I really did was move and organize all the “stuff” from one side of the garage to the other.  At least it looks better, but it is still “stuff” and we still can’t get a car in that side of the garage. Last I checked that’s what a garage is for! A car, I mean, not stuff! Some people might call it “junk” instead of “stuff,” or they might prefer to call it “stuff-n-junk.” Mike Moore’s dad used to have a “junk store” in Kyle and his slogan on the sign was “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Can I get an “Amen!”  That’s how I see it! Don’t throw that stuff away, there might be something good in there, worth keepin!

            Now on a more serious note… you know our lives can get pretty cluttered sometimes, cluttered up with “stuff-n-junk.”  Maybe your life is that way right now… filled with a lot of “stuff.” Not bad stuff, just stuff, things that take up time, occupy space, fill in the cervices, nooks and crannies of your life… stuff.  And just maybe some of that stuff is stealing more than just your time, it’s stealing your joy and your focus, it’s stealing your peace and rest because…well, just too much stuff takes up too much room in our lives and takes up to much time in our lives, and means there is not room for the more needful things. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:19-21, 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Too much “stuff” may take our focus off of where our true treasure, and hope, and life is… in Jesus.  What did Mr. Moore’s sign say? “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Well, maybe we need to be sure that all that junk in our lives isn’t what we are really treasuring, and instead we are truly treasuring the One who is truly a treasure, Jesus!  “For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also,” and I don’t think you want your heart stuck in some dark corner of your garage somewhere gathering dust and cob-webs, getting shuffled around from time to time but mostly just taking up space and one day getting thrown out.  Our lives should be filled with the “stuff” of Jesus inside and out, every nook and cranny, every crevice, every corner and every wall of your heart filled with Jesus. Now that would be truly life changing.                                                            God Bless You,   Bro. Buddy