Healthy Hobbies

Healthy Hobbies

I enjoy attending estate sales.  These are events where of the majority of a person’s belongings are sold after they have moved to an assisted living facility or have passed away.  The thing I love about an estate sale is building an impression of the person from their possessions.  By looking at the items which filled a person’s home, I get a sense of what they were like and what they valued.

There are some sales in which it is obvious the person had a deep passion for collecting certain types of things. Whatever they collected, it is clear that much time, expense, and energy went into collecting and storing these items.  Then suddenly one day those beloved belongings became trash.  The items were removed from their display cases and placed on a sale table to be sold at bargain prices.

This is a jarring reminder that possessions in this life are not eternally important.  As a Christian, my life should be lived to glorify Jesus – being His hands and feet wherever I’m called.  There’s nothing wrong with being a collector, God may even use the act of collecting to put me with others who need to hear the Good News.  It’s all a matter of priorities.  As long as my love for collecting is subordinate to my love for Jesus, then I believe it can be a healthy hobby.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

I pray I never get swept into behaving as if a material thing is more important than my relationship with Jesus, or my witness to the lost.  If I do, my next visit to an estate sale will be a great reminder of how quickly this world’s treasure can turn into trash.

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. – James 4:14 (NKJV)