Challenging Thought for Today:
Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. (Gen. 45:20).
The only thing I remember from move in day my first year of college, circa 1980 is
my father asking if I was supposed to bring all that stuff. Initially, I was fortunate
enough to be in a dorm that did not have an elevator, so my father may have
actually used a more colorful word for stuff as he lugged the heavy, blue
trunk up three flights of stairs to my room. He and I were able to take everything
up to my room in one or two trips.
This memory came to me unbidden a couple of
Fridays ago as I watched
staff members prepare for Warm Welcome, which is
move in day here at the
university. . A new crop of students arrived on
campus in cars, truck, and trailers
laden with clothes, books, blankets, laptops, throw rugs, refrigerators, and
microwaves. I wondered what my father would have thought of all the “stuff”
students bring to school today.
Stuff is one of many words I was amazed to find used in the bible. I don’t know
why it surprised me so much. It just did. Stuff is not a word that sounds scriptural or
sacred. But, apparently, it is. Jacob’s father-in-law searched his stuff when
Rachel stole from him in Genesis 31. When some of David’s men were too tired
to continue on in one of the battles, they were allowed to stay behind with the
stuff (1 Samuel 30). One source cites the word stuff mentioned 13 times.
Maybe the word sounds non-biblical because we often think of “stuff” in the
negative. Bringing too much stuff with you on a weekend trip or to college.
Having so much stuff when you get ready to move, that you give some away and sell
even more at yard sales. Or, having a junk drawer full of stuff that will eventually
just be thrown away.
Of course, these are valid observations.However, each year when we help students
move in to the dorms, stuff ends up being serious business. We tell incoming
students that we would watch their stuff while they handle the necessary
paperwork, picked up their keys,etc.
Not surprisingly, we get more than one skeptical look. We have to reassure them
that we would guard their stuff.
Do you have bibles, books and journals that you never open? Do you revisit all those
copious notes you take in church and bible study and at conferences to make sure
you are applying those principles to your daily life? Is there so much stuff going on
in your life that your faith walk suffers as a result?
Remember, this is Friday fun. It’s not a reprimand. It’s just a challenge. Take stock
of everything God has equipped you with. Don’t let it go to waste.
That’s good stuff, y’all.