I came home from church on Sunday to find something I was not expecting…our house had been broken into. Apparently a thief shattered the window in my daughters room and made their way through our house. After assessing the damage, contacting the police, and tallying up everything that had been taken the agitation started setting in. What was interesting was not that I was angry about what was taken, but rather what had been left behind.
It was obvious this thief was looking for quick cash and easy to unload items. They took jewelry, all our change from our massive change jar, my camera bag (they left the camera), rare baseball cards, $11 from Riley’s wallet, and other small odds and ends. When all is added up they got off with somewhere in the ballpark of $2500 worth of stuff. We are very fortunate. They could’ve taken computers, an ipad, xbox, and other much more costly items.
No doubt it is a bummer having your house broken into and your stuff stolen. However, what really bothered me is not what was taken but what the thief left. FEAR. For the first time I saw a look in my daughter’s eyes that I had never seen before. She was scared to be in her own house and scared to sleep in her own bed.
Fear has no place in our home.
We sat our kids down and talked about what had happened. I told them that we have not been given a spirit of fear. We will not allow something like this to make us afraid! I also told our kids that we will not be bitter toward the person who stole our stuff. I’m sure that they are hurting and have problems. The last thing they need is for us to be mad at them. So we prayed over our house, our family, and the thief…then we got back to living the Kapusta way…FREE! Oh, yeah…we also went on to baptize 90 people later that day!!! #winning
1The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.-John 10:10 (I think I was actually quoting this as the thief was breaking in)