Doodads and Knickknacks

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Things, just like this world, are temporary. It’s much better to pursue things like righteousness, faith, love, and peace that hold eternal value.

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV)

As I hastily grabbed the goblet from the back of the cabinet, the rest of my body went into slow-motion mode as I painfully watched my mother’s blown glass, wishing well tip and fall to the floor with a crash.

Not even the tiny bucket could be found amongst the shards. This smashed, little knickknack was one of many figurines we went through when it was time to empty her home of a lifetime of treasures. And now it was gone.

As a true fanatic, my mother would always drag us kids to Snow White’s wishing well when we would go to Disneyland. Having lived a hard life as a single mother of five, I wonder how many pennies she threw into the dark abyss in hopes for a miracle. She never found riches in her wishes, but God did answer her prayers with all her kids growing up to love and serve the Lord.

Standing with the remnants in the dustpan, I was surprised with my lack of emotion. I would have thought that tears would fall or anger erupt from my own clumsiness. But instead, I dropped the pieces unceremoniously into the trash.

Perhaps it’s old age – or maturity if that’s easier to swallow – but I am finding it easier and easier to let go of ‘things’ . . . even those that hold dear memories.

Things, just like this world, are temporary. It’s much better to pursue things like righteousness, faith, love, and peace that hold eternal value . . . and bring less dusting.

Father, may we be pursuing You more than any earthly treasures and forgive us for holding onto the do-dads and knickknacks that only clutter up our lives. Help us instead to do what You’ve called us to do and keep our eyes on You and the eternal. 

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