Have you ever watched that TV show Hoarders? It’s crazy how out of control some of these people get with their stuff, huh?
It’s easy to see the problems when we look at the extreme examples like this. It’s kinda in your face when a person’s inability to let things go means trash is piled up waist-high in their kitchen. The examples we see on TV are there because they’re extreme. But in every situation, they show us someone who has difficulty letting go of the stuff that they’re accumulating.
But what about the rest of us?
Many of us would say something like, “But my house is always clean, I don’t have a hoarding problem.” And I would agree. Well, sort of. And I’m talking about myself here too.
When I read month three: possessions in Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, I can’t help but to think of all the stuff I’ve collected in my home. I would kick and scream if someone told me that I had to get rid of some of this stuff. So even though my house is clean and (somewhat) organized, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have a (sort of) hoarding problem. You’ll not likely see me on TV, but…
I have some work to do.
The really cool thing about this month of [the 7 project] is that it’s not just about letting go of things. Being able to let go is definitely important. I believe that we need not be so attached to material ‘stuff’. Clinging to hard on ‘stuff’ may only serve to highlight a greed issue in our lives. (Again, please remember that I’m speaking to myself here too, mostly.)
But the best part of this challenge isn’t just packing a bunch of stuff up in the car and hauling it off to Goodwill. Rather it’s about being intentional. It’s about finding the people who have a need for the stuff you need to let go of.
As I read about what Jen and her council have done, I can’t help but to think of what Luke wrote about the early church in Acts 4:32-35…
The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.
And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need. (The Message)
I wonder what that would look like today. I think I have an idea now…
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