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March 29, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

How much is too much?

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Have you noticed that most new homes have three-car garages, and the storage industry continues to grow?

The other day, I read this verse in the book of Joshua 19:9:

"Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore, the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them."

It seems that using what has been given to us is very important to God. Think about the parable of the talents: one was given five, one received two, and one received one talent. What upset the master was that the one talent had not been used.

When you look around your house and garage, are you using what you see?

During these winter months, I have enjoyed clearing out some of my lumber pile, building some furniture, and at the same time, cutting up left-over scraps for firewood. I have enjoyed getting rid of some clutter (I have even seen part of my garage floor that I hadn't seen for about six years).

As garage sale season approaches, maybe you need to sell some things or give some things away so that they can be used. God doesn't want what you have been entrusted with to sit idle.

Maybe you don't need to spend that $50 a month on a storage facility. Maybe you don't need to build that addition, if you make better use of the space you have. Use what has been entrusted to you for God's glory.

Additional note: the price of scrap aluminum and steel is sky high. That's a good motivation to clean out some junk, and give the money to missions.

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