“That’s my stuff, Nana,” I hear Cute Kid # 3 say over and again. Aubrey has discovered a plastic hamburger container with a bun looking lid. She has claimed it as her space and puts small toys in it transporting them all over our house. “That is your stuff” is my response. Aubrey Grace is two years old. She has discovered stuff. I expect that from a two year old and I don’t bother her stuff or allow another child to come in and take it without permission. She has claimed her territory for that particular period of playtime.

“That’s my stuff” I say every now and then. I just can’t get rid of it or do without my stuff. But, why does stuff mean so much to me? It can’t love me, it can’t provide for me, it can’t satisfy me, it is just there, pretending to fill a need but truly cannot fill the desire of my heart. Stuff is a false filler for a true need that each of us have in our lives. Stuff is a façade that we often use to prevent the revealing of our true selves. We hide behind stuff such as clothing, jewelry, makeup, shoes, a nice home, a good education, collections of some kind, and sometimes, just simply piles of stuff. We keep stuff as a security blanket and we often behave like a two year old concerning our collections.

What kind of stuff do we collect? We collect physical, emotional, and spiritual stuff. Our lives are cluttered, complicated and simply filled with collections of stuff that is confusing our everyday lives.

Let’s get over our physical stuff. It is a good testimony to have a clean home and an organized kitchen. When uncleanness or a messy home takes over our lives preventing us from truly using our home for God’s glory, then it becomes a stumbling block for us. The Bible is clear in its declaration to us in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” There is no need in holding on to our stuff, when God plainly tells us that He will supply what we need.

Let’s get over our emotional stuff. Often times we hang on to past hurts and failures. We hold grudges and live under the influence of our past. Instead, we must move forward past the emotional stuff that prefers to crowd our lives. Each of us has someone to forgive. Each of us has something to forget. Let’s get over the emotional stuff that clutters our present lives so that we may fill our days with God’s purpose. Philippians 3:13,14 are clear, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The question to us is, “Are we forgetting what we should forget? Are we reaching forth to what we should reach for?”

Let’s get over our spiritual stuff. Everything we do is spiritual. We choose however, whether we are living Spirit filled or carnal filled lives. I Peter 2:5 challenges every Christian to be a spiritually growing and thriving Christian, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

Stay in church, do the right things, read God’s Word, and be who God wants you to be!

That’s my stuff; but, what kind of stuff am I collecting?