STASH WITH a PURPOSE
While discussing TV shows, a friend asked, “Do you watch the one about hoarders?”
“To be honest,” I said, “I just can’t stand to see stuff piled from wall to wall in every room. There’s hardly any place to even sit!”
I confess that I’ve been a collector of many things over the years. I’ve even had a dedicated “junk room” now and then. It was nice to have it out of sight, out of mind.
But now and then I’d ask myself, “Why am I keeping this stuff?” Highly motivated, I would start sorting through things. I always felt good about the resulting pile of charitable donations.
|Goods or Cash---Both are Worthy Donations|
I’ve met people from the Depression Era who saved an endless variety of things. Some even went so far as to build extra cupboards or buy huge plastic containers for storage. When I think of what they went through, it’s not hard to understand their motivation.
It’s not wrong to do what we can to provide for future needs. God even prepared an entire country for a coming famine. You can read the full story in Genesis, Chapter Forty-One.
Pharaoh, an Egyptian king, had two troubling dreams. In searching for an interpreter, someone mentioned Joseph. He was a former slave, now in prison, but known for interpreting dreams.
Joseph listened to the king’s dreams. Then he left and asked God for the interpretation. The basic message was this: Seven years of abundant harvest would be followed by seven years of famine.
In appreciation for this warning, Pharaoh appointed Joseph to a high leadership position.
Joseph began storing grain in the good years. When the lean years arrived, there was such an abundance he even sold grain to neighboring countries. His stash had a purpose.
There is always a certain amount of wisdom in planning ahead. But for what purpose?
Scriptures instruct us to love our neighbor as ourselves. In fact, James 2:8 calls this “the royal law.” But I have heard people describe how they would use force if someone tried to steal their stash in perilous times.
|Only You Know the Answers|
Some will label their stash: For Me and Mine Only.
Others will stash with a broader purpose: In Case of Emergency, Open and Share.
Which label would most describe you?