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Oct. 31, 2005, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Learning to part

By Pastor Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran

How tough is it for you to part with things that have served you well? You have maybe worn a pair of old shoes long past their good looks because they fit so well. Maybe you have a hard time throwing that cracked dish away that you inherited from our grandmother, even though you don’t dare use it. It sits in the back of your cupboard.

For me the test has just come in putting up the skid loader for sale. I purchased it to build the log cabin and from the start I said my goal is to sell it when I was finished with the outside of the cabin and the landscaping. Well, that day has finally arrived and I tell you it feels good. It will be four less cylinders to keep running. You know the more we have the more we must maintain.

Will there be times when I wish I still had it? Undoubtedly there will, but for those few times, I cannot justify keeping it.

You know, I think it is good for us to periodically take our finger grip off earthly items. You do see all those auctions in the paper, don’t you? They occur because something changes. Life is full of changes. And one big change we will all face is death. Selling or giving away things when their usefulness is completed is good preparation for leaving this world one day. I hope throughout life I can periodically part with things. I hope I can have an attitude like Job who said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21

You do know there is one with whom we never need part. If we repent of our sins and trust Jesus as our Savior, then we have one who changes not and will never leave us nor forsake us. You can hold on to Jesus all you want and never have to part. As far as everything else goes, hold it loosely. Get in the habit of parting with things.


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