Friday, November 9, 2012

So Much for Things

A hoarder is a person who supposedly accumulates things and hides them away, never wanting to get rid of them. 

I for one can concur with this. I’m quite certain we all carry inside our genes a trace amount of DNA level as that of a pack rat. I have my vices, my collections in which I like to indulge in stockpiling. 

Collecting things takes time and energy; you don’t just start out with an empty bookcase, and stop when it is full. There is a method to this madness which any accumulator can explain.

Collectors can never be content with one item; they must always purchase two or three.

Certain things we need to have, but when our possessions start to wear us down something isn’t right. The more we have the more we have to worry about.

Let’s face some facts, cars need to be driven, and having a fleet of them takes a lot of planned trips, diamonds need to be shown off otherwise their sparkle is for naught, antiques need constant polishing, and can require lots of fuss making sure that no one touches the item, famous artwork needs to be viewed, so there we go remodeling to have our homes turned into art galleries.

It is easy to become an extreme hoarder (oops I mean collector.) Bear in mind there are only so many hours in a week, and with so many things to deal with it is no wonder we have days where we feel we are drowning by our possessions physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally.

It is a sad life when all we have are things. After all they are just things. If these things we think we need, and cherish start to interfere with other more notable priorities it is time to take charge.

Go ahead, and donate some of your possessions, have big parties where you give away treasures, stop buying in excess, clean up your space, and clear up your mind.

You have to find the thing that gets you detached from all things that have no meaning. The thing that brings it all together, the one thing so worthy that makes everything else look like trash.

“I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”  Phil 3:8-9

That thing is Christ. Gathered from hoarding around Jesus comes peace, happiness, truth, friendship, order, satisfaction, serenity, gratification, balance, security, love, and eternal life.

How about those things?       

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