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