The Whole Kit and Kaboodle

The what?!? Do you know that old saying? What on earth is a “kit and kaboodle”?

A “kit” is your basic necessities such as toiletries. In the military it’s called your dop kit. In it are your day-to-day things you need. For a woman, it might be her purse, with her cosmetics bag tucked neatly inside- the things you leave the house with to go away for the day.

Well, then what’s a kaboodle? It’s sometimes spelled caboodle and it refers to your estate. It’s actually a term with legal history as early as the 1700’s and it refers to all you own- or what you leave behind when you die. So your “kit and kaboodle” would be your daily necessities- and the sum total of all that you are and all that you have.

Jesus wans to be your “kit and kaboodle”. He wants to be your daily necessity- and the sum total of all that you have and all that you are. He wants to be what you take with you when you leave the house for a short trip and what you leave behind when you die- your legacy to the world.

We express our legacy in many ways- the lives we’ve touched, the places we’ve invested the perishing treasures of this world for eternal purposes- and of course through our children. Our children are a large portion of our “kaboodle.” And Godly children who love and serve the Lord are a legacy that you leave behind for others when you’re gone.

It’s so easy to become caught up in the treasure hunt of life- searching for gold and success that we overlook the more important treasures of friendship and servanthood. And it’s easy to become so caught up in the academic treasure hunt- searching for college scholarships and post-graduate degrees that we overlook the important treasures of Godly character and a heart to serve the Lord.

Take time today to ask the Lord how He wants to express Himself through you and through your children. Ask Him how He can become your “kit and kaboodle” and help you leave an estate that endures.

Talk with your children today about this fun expression. Just saying “kaboodle” repeatedly causes everyone to laugh. Explain to them what a kit is, and what a kaboodle is. Ask them what sort of kaboodle they think will last in eternity and what kind of an estate will quickly perish.

Look over these verses with your children today…

1 Cor. 15:28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (His kit and kaboodle)

Mat. 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Which kind of kaboodle will you leave?)

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    Stephanie r said,

    Thanks a lot for this. So good to focus on today.
    i do want the Lord to be all and all!


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