Have you seen “Hoarders?”? Only in America.? A show about people buried under mountains of possessions.

I guess one man’s misery is another man’s entertainment. It’s a sad program. What begins as a collection of say, Pez dispensers, becomes a life-sucking bondage to mountains of knickknacks and knitting needles. One good thing about watching the show is that it makes me want to get rid of stuff. Even good stuff. Like our furniture. Or my David Bowie tee shirt. Or our dogs. No, wait. I always want to get rid of our dogs.

The real problem with hoarding isn’t that we amass stuff; it’s where we amass it – here. Jesus actually commanded us to hoard – but in heaven.

MT 6.19 ?Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Jesus says to send our treasures ahead – as many and often as we can.? They’ll be waiting – all brand new and shiny. In heaven there are no moths, rust, or tarnishing.

So start hoarding to your heart’s content. Give to the poor. Share the gospel.? Help the weak. Your heavenly mansion has lots of room.

photo by elgin.jessica


  • ronman4 says:

    Hey Mark,
    I have seen that show and it is indeed sad. There was an episode where a lady had purchased the house next to her just to store more of her stuff in it! it makes me want to get rid of stuff too, cause' I'm a bit of a packrat…although I did finally get rid of my Shawn Cassidy records! ;)
    i loved what you said about sending our treasures ahead and they will be waiting for us in Heaven. I'm so thankful that we serve a God who provides for our every need and allows us to be a part in assisting others in need. Thanks for sharing this today, as always great encouragement and a great start to my day!
    Ron Reffett

  • lisa says:

    This is the person who bought all of ronman4's Shaun Cassidy records and now I don't know where to put them…. (no, just kidding). Thanks for the great post, Mark. Never really thought of it this way!

  • lisa says:

    Seriously though? A David Bowie tee shirt?

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Hi Ron, I'm sorry to hear that you even owned Shawn Cassidy records. I will try to not let that affect how I view you. At least you got rid of them. Seriously though, thanks again for your comments Ron!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Thanks Lisa, I rebuked ronman….we'll probably find out that Shawn Cassidy records are really valuable.

  • saraandfam says:

    Aw, I was hoping I'd find that David Bowie shirt at Goodwill or something. Shucks.

    Thanks, Mark! Great post.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    No, I was just kidding about that. But I'd like to have one.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Sara, you could always ask my son David if he still wants his Michael Bolton shirt.

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