Inside: I’m a hoarder. I try to fill myself up with things because I foolishly believe it will make me happy. God, please help me be filled with you!
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I’m a packrat. There, I said it. Isn’t admittance the first step to recovery?
We have a two-car garage, but only one car can fit in there. Our garage is full of clutter. Every year, we clean it out but junk seems to congregate on the south wall. Most of it just appears out of nowhere, are you missing something?
Usually, it doesn’t matter that my husband’s truck sits outside, but in the winter scraping ice and snow off the windshield isn’t much fun. I mean who likes to stand outside in the freezing cold scraping thick ice off glass anyway?
What I Think I Need
My heart is a lot like my garage. I guess you could say I’m a hoarder. I try to fill myself up with things, feelings, success because I foolishly believe it will make me happy. When I’m sad my heart craves chocolate, so indulge in a whole candy bar. I desire worth so I strive to be successful in life. To cover my pain from the past, I fill myself with worry.
How about you? What are you filling your heart with instead of dealing with the real issue?
If you’ve ever watched the show on T.V. called “Hoarders,” you’ll realize the show isn’t just about messy, unorganized people. The majority of the people on the show stock-piling possessions are trying to cover a gaping hole in their hearts.
The problem is none of the earthly things will ever be able to fill up this heart- hole.
We can try and fill it, and it might keep us satisfied for a little while. Eventually, though, we will need to find something else.
Stuffing Our Heart Hole with Imposters
Eve experienced this in the Garden when Satan tempted her to fill herself with something other than God. The fruit looked shiny and oh so tasty. The thought of being filled was too hard to let pass so Eve was lured in.
It was a booby trap though. The lure for instant gratification resulted in a life-long desire for God.
So how many times can I fall for imposters? I stuff and learn from my mistake only to then proceed to re-stuff with another worthless thing.
We need God, we can try to cover it up but our basic human longing is for Him. Not just a teeny bit of Him either, but the entire entity of Him. Our heart wants to be plump full to the brim of our Heavenly Father.
Ever since that time, we’ve all been hoarding and stuffing more and more things. Addictions and problems with sex on the rise, aren’t we just trying to fill our hearts?
The things we grasp will never satisfy or plug that hole full forever. All of it will leak out and we will need to hunt for something else.
All we really need is God and His ability to fill us completely.
Fill me up, I need God!
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7 Ways to Let God Help us:
- Lean on God and His provisions for us.
- Ask God to show us His love so we can be filled completely by Him.
- Realize God has anointed and chosen us.
- Grasp hold of God’s knowledge.
- Come to God for hunger and thirst.
- Remember there is no condemnation from God.
- God loves us unconditionally even with mistakes and messes in the past.
God, Please Help Me!
I spent some time last weekend cleaning out the clutter from the garage. As I removed and tossed items, space began to look different. I felt better as I removed and rearranged the junk that was accumulating for so long.
As I look at de-cluttering my heart, I realize it’s going to take hard work. Unlike my garage, it won’t happen all at once. It’s going to be an ongoing process of removing and changing. As I change with God’s help, I will start to look and act differently. This transformation will be evident to those around me.
When I grow more in faith, I won’t be as likely to fall for the shiny traps that Satan likes to dangle in front of me. I can see an imposter right away and instead fill my longing with more of God.
God- let me desire only you! Please make my heart beat for you alone. Amen!
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35, NLT).
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