Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia) is the excessive acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them), even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary.
Don’t know how the conversation came about, but there we were speaking about hoarding and how damaging this can be to people’s lives. This week we have been studying Gideon (Judges 6) and as we went through the story we discovered how the Israelites were struggling with idolatry and their sinful nature. The Bible expresses how God would save them and rescue them from the hands of their enemies, but sooner or later they would go back to their ways and end up right back where they started, becoming slaves all over again. This is a reality that many people struggle with in their lives especially the youth. God pulls them out of their sin, they jump back in, God pulls them out, they jump back in, God pulls them out…..
Is this what you’re spiritual life looks like? Do you know anyone that resembles this picture? Looking at Judges 6:1-6, we see that because they turned their backs to God and gave themselves to sinning, they no longer had God’s favor or protection. Caves and ditches became their homes, they lived in fear and everything sown the enemies would destroy leaving them with no means of survival. Can you imagine God’s chosen People and Nation hiding in caves?
When will we learn that sin has inescapable consequences not only in our lives, but also in the lives of those that surround us?
This is what hoarding is about; holding on to something that in the long run will hurt, damage, and destroy you and the people that love you the most. Commonly when hoarders are confronted they will excuse their behavior and explain why they need to hold on to the garbage in their lives. Have you ever confronted someone about their sin? I mean they will say and do anything to make you see why they do it and why they will continue doing it; although deep down inside they know it’s wrong.
Hoarding sin is as common if not more so than hoarding material things. When we will realize that this behavior is not only worthless, hazardous and unsanitary, but also compulsive hoarding impairs mobility and interferes with basic activities, including cooking, cleaning, showering and sleeping? It affects our whole life and it paralyzes the manifestation of God’s power in us.
How can you move or get where you need to be if the road is filled with obstacles and land mines just waiting to explode right under your feet, preventing you from reaching your goal and destiny in God?
Maybe God is calling us to go dumpster diving today, but this time to get rid once and for all of the garbage in our lives that is not allowing us to move freely and graciously in his presence. How can we embrace Gods grace, glory and purpose for our lives if our hands are tied up in sin, holding on to the garbage that God so desperately needs you to get rid of? It’s a perfect day to stop Hoarding Sin and start Hoarding Holiness for only the Holy will see God face to face.
How can I do this? Great question my brethren in Christ! Head to your nearest church speak to a priest and let him know that you have been hoarding sin, but that you are ready to have an intervention session (Confession) and let it all go in the name of Jesus. I will assure you that the priest will be excited not only to hear you, but to absolve you of all your garbage.
So what are you waiting for?! Let’s go dumpster diving today and get rid of it all once and for all. Stay blessed and in the Passion!!