A tragic story was carried by the media about a Shelton, Washington woman who was found smothered under a pile of clutter—clutter of her own making. Sixty-two year old Marie Rose suffered from obsessive-compulsive hoarding. Things were so cluttered that searchers heads touched the ceiling and they had to search twice to find her. The police chief reported that it was the most cluttered residence he had ever seen. Authorities believe she had been hoarding for fifteen years. Many of us do things almost as tragic. We let our spiritual life suffer by allowing all kinds of clutter into our lives. Eventually that can lead to tragic results as well.

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.