Sifting Through Junk

15 Aug

My grandmother recently passed away. Don’t be too sad for her, she lived a spunky ninety-three years!

As grandma spent her final days in the hospital, I spent some time living in her home. During my first night, a baskets full of creepy baby dolls with cracked ceramic faces kept me company. After a few hours of restless sleep, I crawled out of bed and carried the dolls upstairs.

© 2010 Amy, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

© 2010 Amy, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

Grandma’s house was full of stuff – puzzles, books, and magazines, ceramics, and baby angels. I also need to mention the dish towels. Baskets full of dish towels- which had never been used- apparently these baskets were for decoration only. When Granny heard I was staying in the house, she called me over and firmly instructed me to not use the towels. Although I laughed inwardly, it was no joking matter for her.

After her death, we began to sift through her possessions trying to decide what to do with all her stuff. Some of it was immediately trashed, while other items were marked for a garage sale. The baskets full of towels were divided between the grandkids and are now… being used. (Sorry, Grandma.)

Obviously, part of this issue is steeped in this western materialism that runs rampant in our nation. Granny would go to all the Goodwill stores in the area once a week to go “Good-willing.” I recently heard on the radio that as baby boomers pass away, their children don’t want their stuff, and have no idea what to do with it.

The question I ponder is, “what will I leave behind for my children and grandchildren to sift through?” Will they find boxes of trinkets and bags of garbage, or will they find artifacts of love and reminders of a life lived by faith?

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the Managing Director of EA Resources, a nonprofit that seeks to equip churches and parents to minister to the needs of emerging adults.  He is also the founder of the EA Network.  If he can help your community, please contact him at


One Response to “Sifting Through Junk”

  1. melindaedina August 15, 2017 at 08:08 #

    David, what you call junk was Grandma’s treasures. I have a lot of junk at my house but to me they are not junk. I look at my teapot collection and I remember what family member or friend gave me that teapot I am looking at and remember that person and say a prayer for him or her. There’s the teapot that Aunt Senia brought me from Finland, there’s the tea set my son gave me and there is the beloved tea napkins and rings that came from Russia with my grandchildren was adopted from Russia. That goes for my angel collection and my Christmas angels. So what may be junk to my children and grandchildren but they are treasures for me. I am sure they were for your grandma with her towels. take them, use them and maybe everytime you use them and maybe everytime when you use them a memory of your grandmother will float through your mind. The same with her dolls. She probably had them since she was little. Treasure them and give them to the next generation of little girls and when you give them tell them stories about your grandma. Yell them of Grandma’s love for God and Jesus.

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