And then today, I opened my junk drawer. You know that drawer--usually in the kitchen which catches all the "I Might Need This" in life.
It begged for a de-cluttering--and in a masochistic moment of craziness- I pulled everything out.
There was a stack of business cards---who knows when I might need the services of "All Paws Go To Heaven"---even though I do not have a pet---I might get one someday--and it might die--and then I am prepared! And the pool cleaning company---though I don't have a pool-I hear those guys are really good looking--I do have a fountain that I could
Scattered throughout the drawer were various screws, nails, parts, etc. which had come with new purchases or been found without a clue where they belong. I will have them in case I ever discover a missing screw, part, or nail. Sadly more than likely, if I discovered anything missing, I would probably go by an entire new package rather than go through this pile with not even a remote possibility of finding what I need.
And of course, I had saved every pen, pencil, or marker that has crossed my path in the past three years---that along with every free note pad received in the mail or found in a hotel guest room. You never know when I might need to write a note or underline a book--although most of my books are electronic these days and after writing said notes I often can't remember what the note means-- if I can even find the safe keeping spot where I put the note.
And last--but by no means not least (the rest I will leave to your imagination) are the keys. One set of keys in an envelope which are labeled and clearly have a use. And then the other huge pile which I have accumulated over a lifetime and have no clue what lock they fit. You NEVER know though---I MIGHT need one someday and what if I had thrown it out. I am certain there must be some hidden lock in my life waiting for its missing key.
I am a GUILTY DOG who has secret stashes of clutter and junk while avowing austerity. Color my face red and my head hung. YOU GOT ME!
I was reminded today as I continued my journey through Revelations, the things of this world are all temporary. Someday they will be gone in a flash---and that which remains---has no physical qualities. I should spend more time collecting integrity, truth, relationships, joy, service, and all those things of eternal claim and ditch the junk---You cannot take it with you---but you can leave behind the fame of a good name and Godly character.
In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin.