“Do you know that that’s a sin?” she asked.
“What are you talking about?” I said.
“If you have so much stuff that you can’t take care of it properly then you’re not being a good steward of God’s gifts, and that’s a sin. Plus you could give away some clothes to those who really need it,” she responded.
In three sentences, the parish office assistant humbled me into silence. I wanted to argue with her about how she was wrong and the issue was that my closet was too weak to hold my clothes, not that I had so many clothes that it weakened the structure of my closet causing it to collapse not once, but twice.
I wanted to tell her that I was a great steward of God’s gifts but my mind quickly recalled the clothes, shoes, and accessories strewn across my room. And I wanted to tell her that I was a generous giver, but it’s one thing to give a half-hearted disconnected tithe and another thing to be intentional and personal with my charity.
She was right.
It wasn’t a sin because of a broken closet unit. It was the breakdown of my connection with God and not trusting that He would provide.
It wasn’t a sin because of a messy room. It was my failure to be content with what I had and my constant grasping for more material things to make me feel happy and successful.
It wasn’t a sin that I wasn’t giving. It was that I was holding on.
Saint Paul exhorts us to “be content with what you have for He has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Sister, do you trust that the Lord will provide for you? Are you holding onto people, situations, or material goods to satiate a desire that only God can fulfill? Don’t be ashamed! Let this revelation bring you to repentance so that you can live in mutual trust and generosity with God.
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