Alva and I built a house near Tuolumne and lived in it twenty two years. We moved to the apartment on the property of our grandchildren (Mike and Stephanie Torok) ten years ago, to spend our golden years under their watchful care, and what a blessing it has been! It was Alva’s last move, and I expect and hope it will be mine also! The process of moving was one of our “fates worse than death.”

We kept our house as a rental, which for the last number of years has been occupied by another set of grandchildren (Ben and Heather Peters) and their family. They recently found and bought a house, and are in the process of moving! If it had four letters, “moving” would be a four letter word! I got that opinion early on and the hard way-by personal experience:

Growing up my parents invested in rental houses. My job was to clean up the basement of the rental each time it became vacant. Moving, from the landlord’s perspective, became a dirty word (pun intended); Alva and I moved a number of times during our 70 years together. Each time we wailed, “How did we accumulate so much stuff? And how did so much dirt accumulate under it?” We had an aged Dutch couple in the Chapel, Mama and Papa Johansen. Her motto was “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” though it seemed like vice versa was her real motto. She called the little dust balls under the bed “slut’s wool.” Somehow it never seemed expedient for us to have them in our home-we called on them at their home (where there was no slut’s wool to be found).

We were involved in countless moves on the part of Chapel families. Same drill: where did they get all this stuff? Packing in boxes ad infinitum; loading into truck; driving to new residence; unloading; cleaning new house in preparation for unpacking and distributing stuff; cleaning old house after stuff removed; hauling megatons of stuff to the dump. I watched my grandchildren laboring under this four letter word with six letters, and I am experiencing the landlord’s portion in getting the house ready for the new tenants.

I am being reminded of the scriptures by Jesus and Paul that pertain to what we are discussing:

Matthew 6:19- 21 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;

1 Tim. 6:6-9 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

Luke 12:15  And He (Jesus) said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”