And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 ESV)
I watched just a few minutes of the popular show, ‘Hoarders’ but had to walk away. My heart was breaking with the display of mental illness and the deceit within the hoarders’ minds that they believed their lifestyle was normal.
The Mayo Clinic defines hoarding as: “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.”
This got me to thinking about the man in Luke 12 who built bigger barns to hold all his ‘stuff’; which in turn got me to thinking about my own messy, cluttered and somewhat confused storehouse.
I’m not talking about just my possessions, but with regards to what clutters my heart. Cares of this world and the desire for ‘more’ can quickly overtake us. Even today I was mulling over a friend who seems to have it so much easier than us. How easy it is to compare and to covet!
Do you also struggle with hoarding things in your heart --things that clutter your life and heart leaving less and less room for the Lord?
Father, forgive us for messing up our lives and dragging things around that You want us to let go of. Help us to seek only after You and Your will for our lives, and fill us with Your cleansing Spirit.
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