When Thieves Strike {And the Value of Stuff}

We’ve had thieves strike. Twice. The first time real thieves, but the second were sort of fake thieves. As many of you know, we have a summer home. And in our absence thieves got in, taking our bedroom mirror and a small step ladder.

Odd thieves, seeing how they didn’t mess anything up and the house showed no signs of breaking and entering. They must have gotten hold of a key somehow. So not only do we now have those items to replace. But we also had to pay for having the locks changed. What a hassle! 

But the second thieves were even stranger.

They stole some pot holders from our guest home. (Actually, it’s not ours. But our daughter’s unoccupied home, right next door to us.) But that’s it. They didn’t take anything else.

But it left me having to buy new pot holders. Otherwise future guests wouldn’t be able to cook. And they might want us to cook for them… horror of horrors! (Just kidding! We’re always more than thrilled to have guests!) But I did need to get new pot holders.

And of course, we all know the dangers of stores.

(If you’re trying to live a simple life, that is.)

Well, seeing how things seem to disappear from extra houses. And since guests might make extra wear and tear on items, I decided to keep the cute new pot holders at home. The old ones went next door, in case they grow legs…

And of course the merceria (the haberdashery shop) happened to have a matching heart-shaped place mat too. That also matches my kitchen curtains. And, well, I think you can guess the rest of the story…

I really don’t shop much, much to my husband’s delight! Ever since we embraced a simple, intentional lifestyle, I started seeing how greatly shopping impedes that. And then, we had the thieves. And not only. We’ve had some problems with mildew lately too. Which sent some stuff to the trash.

And helped me see, even more, the folly of keeping earthly treasures.

The more stuff I have, the more work it creates. I have to maintain it, clean it, or tend to it in some way. And I just don’t want to spend my life and time keeping up with a lot of stuff!

And I’ve also discovered that the less I buy, the more I really appreciate what we do get. Plus, new things seem even more special because our ‘fun’ purchases are so limited. And this time, I didn’t know if I’d ever find a table centerpiece that matches my curtains so well!

Still, I choose to not to chase after stuff because:

  • There are better things to spend our money on.
  • There are better ways to spend time.
  • And the less we have, the less we have to worry about those thieves.
  • Or moths and rust. Dust and breakage.

And mostly because we’d rather chase after better treasures! Things like love, peace, joy, and contentment — which are always things that thieves, rust, and mildew can never touch!

How about you? Can thieves get their hands on your treasures?

Or are your treasures truly safe and untouchable?

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)

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9 thoughts on “When Thieves Strike {And the Value of Stuff}

  1. That teapot is ADORABLE! ‘Love the potholders and that lovely heart-shaped, butterfly-sprinkled cloth. I think we have the same homey-cottage taste in decor! Appreciate greatly your attitude about “treasures.” The older I get the less important earthly stuff becomes. I’ll bet God designed us that way! 🙂

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    • I think you’re right Nancy, that God did design us that way. Every day eternity get a little closer. Teapot was belonged to my maternal grandmother, from her collection of at least 300 different kind of teapots! And she didn’t even drink hot tea!

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  2. Amazing how the older I get the less I want “stuff”. I am more interested in the blessings God provides and sharing those blessings with others. Yes, there are still some things I enjoy collecting. But, mostly I want to share God’s love with others and thieves can’t take away that love. 🙂

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