Taking Inventory

Eddie Cooper


As soon as I was able to get a job, I did. My first job was with Thorn's Supermarket in St. Marys, WV. I always enjoyed store work. Even during my high school years and first part of college, I worked in a grocery store.

While working in the store, we had a period when we would take inventory of the stock. That was a most tedious job because we had to count every single item in the store for accuracy. We did not have the devices for counting that are available now.

During inventory, we might have thought to just pass over part of the inventory to get finished sooner.

How many times have we been reading a certain Scripture and think, "I've read this before," and maybe just skip over it? We continue to read God's Word as though those portions that we have read before are not that important, anymore. What we need to do is to read as though we have never read it before.

Recently, I came across a verse in Psalm 119:37 which reads, "Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way." How many of us look at "worthless things?" This is not so when reading Scripture and taking inventory of the things that we need to change and improve upon.

We need to take inventory of the good side as well as the bad side of our lives. Inventory in the store included all the good as well as the bad. There were many times, when taking inventory, that I put my hand into a rotten potato. Kind of smelly, too. Our lives are not always what they ought to be, but, by our taking inventory, we can make the necessary adjustments to please our Heavenly Father. "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you are disqualified." (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Paul had a marvelous view of life: "But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ ..." (Philippians 3:7, 8)

Why not take "spiritual" inventory of your life and see if it measures up? Do it now, before it is too late. -1227 20th St., Parkersburg, WV 26101. eddie@northendchurch.com


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