“What kind of a deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself?” Matthew 16:26
A recent episode of the TV show, Dr. Phil, featured a divorced woman whose three adult children staged an intervention to help her break free from being a hoarder. The plan failed, and the children became estranged. Now, they wanted Dr. Phil to fix the family and the house. Film clips showed the interior of the house reduced to pathways and a kitchen one could not use to prepare or eat a meal. When Dr. Phil asked, “Do you consider yourself a hoarder?” She answered, “No. I just save things to use later.” Digging deeper, the woman said, “Everyone left me. I’m so lonely.” Her collection of rescued items filled the void in her heart.
In Matthew 16, Jesus told the disciples about his forthcoming trip to Jerusalem and how he would suffer by the hands of religious people and be put to death. This prospect deeply troubled Peter. Jesus reassured the disciples that his self-sacrifice would be the way he’d find his true self.
I didn’t see the end of the show about the hoarding woman. I’m guessing Dr. Phil told the kids to get out of her way and for the woman to find the way to sacrifice her “collection”–to find herself.
Lord, help us avoid filling our loneliness with a worse situation. Amen.