Monday, January 7, 2008


Stuff, possessions, can become an obstacle in our lives.

I was reminded of this as I read a NT encounter..."Jesus said to him, 'If you wish to be perfect, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor'...When the young man heard these words, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.'...When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, 'Then who can be saved?" (Matthew 19:21-23, 25 NRSV)

I know what the disciples were asking..."How can we truly follow you because we focus on things too?" So much of my attention, energy and resources goes to pursuing or maintaining my "stuff".

Why do I allow selfishness to limit my generosity and obedience?

I am too much like the young man...God calls me to change.