The view from my kitchen window reveals a babbling creek with wooded hillside alive with wildlife. During these autumnal days, you will see gray squirrels scurrying across the leaf covered ground in a frenzied search of winter’s provisions. After stuffing their cheeks to near bursting, these bushy-tailed rodents scamper from tree to tree looking for a secret location to hide their cache. This hoarding behavior is not exclusive to this slender bodies member of the family of Sciuridae. According to webmd.com, “2-5% of Americans may meet the criteria for being hoarders with the reasons behind their stashing being…
- An intense emotional attachment to objects that others see as trivial — or even trash. They would feel a sense of major loss if they had to throw this stuff away.
- A sense that many items have an intrinsic value, as others might see in artwork or driftwood.
- The assumption that an item might be useful someday, which compels them to save far more than “the drawer of hinges, thumbtacks, string, and rubber bands” that many of us keep.
A&E TV describes their reality show, Hoarders, as “a fascinating look inside the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.” This squirreling away of items brings in to question our relationship with our material possessions, our Creator, and the home He is preparing for us. (Matthew 6:19-24) As I write this, I can hear my Pastor saying, “There will not be a U-Haul behind your hearse.” If life is a reflection of the heart as Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV) tells us, then which image do we mirror, the pack rat or the treasure seeker?