On television there is a show called Hoarders, which is about people who have filled up their homes with useless garbage to the point that they can no longer move, let alone live, in them. Their family often stays away because of the mess and heartbreak. Their lives end up in shambles, yet they do not do anything to fix their situation. Often this is because they believe all the garbage in their lives is good. They think it gives them happiness and they do not want to give it up. Other times they simply feel overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” that they have, and they do not believe that they could ever clean up their mess. In a way, they are right: these people could never fix their problem on their own. This is why the show sends a team of trained individuals to their aid: cleaning out their home and offering them counselling.
Like these hoarders, some of us have things in our lives that are weighing us down. I am not writing about the messy homes we see on t.v.; rather, I am speaking of our past: the things that we have done and the problems that we struggle with. You may realize that your life is not what it should be, and you may have tried fixing the problem and failed. When this happens you might give up hope and begin to think, “It’s too much; it’s impossible!”
Here’s the good news: with God, all things are possible. Jesus loves you and he wants to make you the person you were meant to be; you just have to ask. Now, you may be saying, “Not me, Jesus could never love someone like me.” But Jesus has always loved you! He’s just waiting for you to say you love him, and he wants you to ask for his assistance.
If you feel stuck, Jesus wants to help. And all you have to do is ask.
--Pastor Stephen Valcourt
This article was originally posted in the Pincher Creek Echo