Thursday, July 29, 2010

Collections

I've got a collection of yellow car images on my phone.

In the past six months or so, we've taken to playing a new game in the car. Instead of punch buggy or punch bug whenever you see a VW Bug, Deborah taught us a new game that the kids are playing, which is "Cheeseball." So any time we see a yellow car, we scream "Cheeseball!" and smack each other in the arm. We've gotten pretty good at it and the violence and yelling seems about right for our family. (I'm getting a sore arm just thinking about the 8 hour trip to NC we're taking in a couple of weeks!)

A couple of months ago, Deborah got a picture text from Jason, and in it was a picture of a yellow car, with the line, "Cheeseball!" underneath. That one text was all it took for the pictures to start flying between the three of us. If one of us happens to be separated from the others and sees a yellow car or truck, we absolutely will snap a pic with our phone and send it to the others. It cracks me up when my "Hey, it's a picture!" tone goes off and there's a new photo of a yellow vehicle there.

It's funny how collections happen. I know that sometimes we have intentional collections, but a lot of time they tend to happen on their own over time. I have that collection of pictures on my phone. I have a collection of DVDs that is pretty extensive. I have a collection of interesting statues from around the world. I have a collection of dust bunnies under my bed.

I think we get some emotional collections as well. Many can be good. I have a collection of memories from fun vacations I took growing up. I have a collection of memories from late nights in the Swope stairwell, playing with Renea. I have a collection of memories involving my husband (those are mostly private). I have a collection of memories from my kids (those are mostly hilarious).

I have a few negative collections as well. I've talked about some of those here. Collections of fear, hurt, distrust, anger. I didn't mean or want to acquire those, but they've crept up on me as well.

The plus side is that God wants to take those collections from me.

1 Peter 5:7 -- Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (NLT)

What are some of your favorite real collections? What unhealthy collection do you need to give away?

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