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After a week of moving and unpacking more boxes than carter has pills, I’ve said not once, but every hour of everyday, “this is too much!”  Follow that with a holiday filled with food and every kind of pie imaginable, I’m still saying “too much!” The “stuff” we humans accumulate can often be viewed as absolutely insane.

This got me to thinking about possessions. St. Francis of Assisi was a man born into great wealth in the early 1200’s. Years later he gave up all his worldly possessions to live a life of poverty and founded the Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church. He is one of an infinite number of examples where material possessions do not make a person happy.

That leads me to the subject of prisoners of war. Stripped of all possessions, beaten, starved, left in solitude without light, there are documented cases of POW’s surviving confinement due solely from the scriptures and hymns they had memorized early in life.

Following the Vietnam war, a story came out about how men endured six, seven, eight years of prison under the most terrible of conditions: rotten food, isolation, vermin, and, perhaps most devastating of all, no light. Some of them in one small cell began to reach down into the recesses of their memories and to reconstruct, as best they could, the words of the Bible. They recited and quoted to one another, they corrected one another’s recall, and day by day, slowly but surely, they reconstructed and committed to one another a sizable amount of the Scriptures – no text to read from, no tapes to play, just the memories each one had stored up from his Sunday School days, These soldiers found that because they had spent some time walking in the light while they still had the light, that when the light failed and faded, when their lives were plunged into misery and darkness, now there was a resource on which they could draw.

It’s been that way for me. When my light has faded, the light of God’s Word carries me through the darkness.  The darkness did not overtake me. As Rick Warren has said, Never judge your self-worth by your net worth. Never think your value is related to your valuables. Realize that the greatest things in life aren’t things. You didn’t bring anything into the world, and you won’t take anything out of it. Life is not about acquisition or achievement; it’s about relationships and learning how to love God and other people.”

Scripture tells us in Psalm 17:15: “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.”

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at

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