Hoarders….Buried Alive or Dead?

I’ll admit it….I’m addicted.  I’m addicted to the tlc show Hoarders Buried Alive.  Most of the time I just watch it because, to be perfectly honest, it makes me feel better about the condition of my house. My messiness doesn’t look near as bad compared to some of the houses they show on there.  However, after seeing several episodes, I’ve noticed a recurring theme.  The people featured on the show have made a choice.  They’ve chosen things over their family, their friends, even themselves.

As I watch, I am particularly saddened.  Yes, because of the destruction the hoard has caused in the families and lives of these people, but I am saddened even more by the fact that we are ALL guilty of this in some form or another. I know for sure that I have been guilty of it.  Papi pointed it out to me a couple of days ago.  When we first got married I had a little side table.  It had a faux gold base that was angels holding their hands up, and on their hands was a faux marble topper.  It was cracked and broken in pieces but I refused to get rid of it for any reason.  Even though it caused arguments between Papi and I on a regular basis (He hated it!).  So why keep a piece of broken furniture if it was causing discord in my marriage?  Because it belonged to my Grandmother.  I lived in Montana as a young child, and my Florida Gramma lived in ….well, Florida! When we moved to Florida, we lived in her house for a couple of months until we could find a place to live.  This tiny little side table sat at the entrance of her porch in between the porch door and the living room door. I LIVED on the porch.  There was a swing there.  I would set a soda on this little table, grab a good book and sit on the porch and while the steamy hot afternoon away.

Regardless of WHY I wanted to keep the thing, it was a THING.  It wasn’t a friend.  It wasn’t a family member.  And the memories of my Florida Grammy and her amazing porch swing were and are not in the side table.  They are in my heart and mind.  They are in the heart and mind of my father and all of his siblings (theirs was a large family as well).  They are in the hearts and minds of all of my cousins, and my brother.

I looked up a well known bible verse on this topic.  Do you know which one it is?  If you’ve been in church for a little bit, you know it.  I was surprised to find a song with the title Where Moth and Rust Destroy by a band named Tourniquet.  Never heard of them?  Me neither.  I’m definitely going to let Barbie know about it though!  She loves Thrash Metal and they are definitely it!!!  (one of the featured soloist is former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.

Check out the lyrics:

The world is quick to tell us
The media compels us
For me to have and you to not
Is the difference in our lot
If you must compound your joy
Then you must acquire this toy
Just remember this – a kiss is just a kiss
A smile is just a smile
The things you own will not atone
Or spare you from the life you’ve sown

Where moth and rust destroy
A land of tears and sadness
When those who put their faith in things
Find out it’s only madness

Enjoy all that He gives you
But make sure you can see through
The haze that blocks the clarity
Of seeing the eternity
Of things that last and things that don’t
Of choices we should make, but won’t
If you will just incline your ear
There is something you must hear
Heed his words and you’ll be free
From loving more than Me

Where moth and rust destroy
A land of tears and sadness
When those who put their faith in things
Find out it’s only madness

Choose – you must choose
You must choose
Who you serve

Just waiting in the darkened wings
The voice that says to trust in things
Aspire to acquire – aspire to acquire
Light the sacrificial fire
Death to things

Don’t let the treasures you store up here on earth replace the people in your lives.  Invest your time and money in THEM, not the latest toy!

Aramaic Bible in plain English says: Do not place treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moths and corrosion disfigure and where thieves break in and steal.

To purchase the CD – check here….   http://www.amazon.com/Where-Moth-Rust-Destroy-Tourniquet/dp/B00008IAI2