I must admit, I just love with a capital L, going to yard sales. Then there are those wonderful auctions, estate sales, and thrift shops to explore. I will share a secret with you. On occasion, I have been known to go “dumpster diving”. That’s our secret, don’t tell anyone else. Yes, it is so true that in my case, one woman’s junk might possibly become my treasure!
The sad fact is, we have too much stuff. Our cupboards, closets, attics, basements, sheds, barns, and garages are stuffed with STUFF!
Stuff we don’t need or use anymore, but we just can’t let it go! I may need that again one day. So we hold on to it. Why? Cause by golly it’s mine, mine, MINE!
Remember the bumper sticker “She who dies with the most fabric wins.” Or yarn, toys, Tupperware, rocks, etc. pick your obsession. My Aunt could have won the fabric award for sure. I ran a close second for a while, then switched to yarn.
Storage Units to the Rescue
We hold on to so much junk, oh excuse me, treasures, that we actually rent Storage units for our stuff so we can get MORE stuff… Cause there is no way we are going to let go and GASP! donate to someone in need.
- The self-storage industry is primarily a United States-based industry.
- The industry began to appear in the late 1960s
- The first self-storage facility chain opened in Texas.
- As of 2018, estimates show 44,000-52,000 storage facilities in the U.S.
- The self-storage industry is a $38 billion industry.
- One in 11 Americans pays an average of $91.14 per month to use self-storage.
- The volume of self-storage units in the country could fill the Hoover Dam more than 26 times.
What’s our problem? Why not let go and share our stuff with those who may really need the stuff we will not let go of? There is a name for our sin, (oh excuse me), I mean disorder for our obsession. It’s called Compulsive hoarding.
Compulsive Hoarding of Stuff
Once again fro Wikipedia.org: Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a behavioral pattern characterized by excessive acquisition of and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment.
Nice way to say we love the worldly baubles more than we ought.
Just a question to think about. Could it be that we are trying to fill a void inside ourselves? Something is missing in our lives and we keep trying to fill it with material things? I know there are many ways people try to fill the void, however, I’m focusing on material, no pun intended objects of our desire.
Is it Time to Let Go of the Junk?
May I make a suggestion? The void you feel will only be filled by the One who created you in the first place. If we only would learn that “things” will not fill that void in our lives but only the Lord Jesus Christ our Messiah can fill that hunger in our souls.
God alone can fill that void. He longs for you to seek Him and lay up in heaven the real treasures that will last for eternity.
He is the groom calling for His bride to lay aside the junk and stuff of the world and seek Him first above all.
Ladies, turn your heart back to the Lord, ask for His forgiveness for replacing Him with “earthly so-called treasures.” Prepare your heart, for the Groom is returning soon to gather His Bride.
“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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19-21
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.1 Corinthians 2:9
If you have never asked Jesus into your life, why not take this opportunity to do so now? I’d like to encourage you right now to ask the Lord for forgiveness and ask Him to come into your life and fulfill that empty void in your soul. He is everything you are looking for!