Taking it With You

When my second so, Andrew was small, he liked to dress up. Usually it was in some form of super hero or warrior costume. And he liked to be armed. Plastic knife. Gun, some weapon. He added to the ensemble with sticks and homemade clubs and swords. Darkwing Duck was famous at the time, and his theme was “Let’s Get Dangerous.” I remember Andrew walking into the room armed to the teeth as a little guy saying, “Wet’s get dangerwus.”

One day when he was about four or five, he found this great stick. Perfect war club. About a foot and a half long, on the end this great gnarled head. It looked just like what I would picture as a shillelagh.

Everywhere Andrew went he took that club. Slept with it at night. Real love affair. He taped a handle so that it really looked like a weapon.

One day he was in a ninja costume carrying his club swinging it. He crawled up into my lap, looked at the club then up at me, “Dad, if I die with this club in my hand will it go to heaven with me?”

What a great question. It’s easy to get so attached to the stuff that you almost wish you could take it with you.

There are a lot of people so attached to the things of this life that they live as if they were going to take it with them.

Enough is never enough. Let’s have balance. It’s perfecty fine to own things. The key is, don’t let your stuff own you. God gives us stuff to use for his purposes. When we get comsumed with them and want our stuff more than him, then it becomes a problem. Greed steps in and starts to take over.

I distinctly remember reading that J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the world at the time, had a payphone installed in his home for his guests.

Listen to what the Bible says about Greed.

(Ephesians 5:3) But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
(Colossians 3:5) Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

Greed isn’t even to be named among us as Saints! They might say a lot of things about people in the church but surely they could never say that we are greedy! So enjoy your stuff, but keep it in perspective.

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  1. Sue & Robert Meek says:

    Bill,
    Robert and I still take our “shillelaghs” with us when we walk out in the country. We always talk about you when we do because you were the first person that introduced us to that word!! One of my customers came in one day using a shillelagh to walk with and I commented on it. He was so impressed that I called it the correct name!! So thanks for the lesson–only one of many that we learned under your leadership! Hope you and Amy are well.

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    1. Bill Dye says:

      Thanks Sue. We sure miss you guys. You were such a blessing to my family. Hope you are all doing well.

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      1. Sue & Robert Meek says:

        We are good! Time has a way of messing with our looks and our minds but we are hanging in there!! We are still at FBC and so excited about the way God is working there right now! It reminds me of the excitement we felt when you first came to be with us. God did great things then and we know He still can! Love your posts and relate to so many of them. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. J.R. Fix says:

    When I was a young boy I watched an interview with J. Paul Getty and he was about to take over yet another oil company. The interviewer said ” Mr. Getty, you are the richest man in the world, how much is enough”? Mr Getty replied ” Just a little bit more”! I never forgot that statement but it took me many years to understand the meaning.

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