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「神卻對他說:‘無知的人哪,今天晚上,你的靈魂必被取去,你所預備的要歸給誰呢?凡為自己積財,在神面前卻不富足的,也是這樣。」

“But God said to him, ‘You foolish man! This very night I will take your life away from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “That is how it will be for anyone who stores things away for himself but is not rich in God’s eyes.” (Luke 12:20-21)

默想禱告:「囤 積狂」(Hoarding)對我是句很陌生的語辭,除了偶爾看到在電視畫面上閃出這類病態人物的寫照。然而最近我竟然實實在在,面對面與一位原籍巴基斯坦 的「囤積狂」者談話, 那時我的神情顯得比她更惶惑, 更蹩扭。「我染上了這種陋習已超過十年, 身不由己,連吃完麥當勞的漢堡紙袋也捨不得扔,後來整個房子都擠滿了雜物,每個角落堆放著一排排箱盒,反正用完用不完我通通存留下來,直到連門都進不去, 家人屢勸不聽,姐姐終於忍受不住把我攆出去,清理中把我所有的身份証件與廢物一同燒燬。到此父母也不認我,我失去了工作,沒地方住,現在暫時偷偷睡在銀行 封死的空樓,沒水沒電,活得不像個人…」她叙述的速度和流量如關不住的水閘,沒完沒了!翻閱檔案,厚重的褪色文件與照片凸顯出她年輕時入籍那副俏麗的容 貌,那時她大學畢業不久,找到一份不錯的工作,因此我切實很難想像她日後生活的變奏會是如此的急轉。幸好她還保存大學畢業証書,成績單上附印社會安全號 碼,出生日期地址等簡歷,否則她的身份就像是一團謎,久而久之難免被社會逐漸遺忘,生命成了一葉孤舟,在湍湍的人海中漂流浮沉。經過多方驗証,我终於給她 找回久已失落的公民身份。微微顫抖的雙手拿著補發入籍証書,她含著淚激動地呼叫起來,連聲向我道謝,接著說要重新做人,誓言要摒棄被物質操控的病態生活行 為。埋首寫檔案報告的同時,我的思念一轉,立刻想起數月前準備搬家的那段日子,眼睛盯著十幾年累積下來的東西,感到依依不捨的那副掙扎模樣,才猛然發現自 己心裡也曾經一度隱伏著「囤積者」的情意結。許多人對物質、財富、成就苦苦戀棧或追求的背後,其實是一種複雜的心理折射效應,反照出內心總是感到有一個填 不滿的洞,需要依賴有形體的物質不斷填塞才暫時感覺充實;於是有人用豪宅名牌車來墊高原來出身寒微的地位,用歌舞宴樂,眾人簇擁吹捧的氛圍撑起搖搖欲墜的 安全感,脆弱的自尊,失落的愛情。除了為滿足肉體慾望而累積有形質的財富,更有不少人囤積無形的精神廢物,整天泡在虛妄的思想和資訊網絡世界中難以自拔。 即便接受了福音但不願意把生命主權全然交付給主耶稣,被聖靈充滿的信徒,生命亦依舊擺脫不了為自己囤積財物的種種束縛,還是終日埋首忙碌經營,自我應驗了 「財寶在哪裡,心也在哪裡」的負性心態。最要命的是父母把這種惡性循環的囤積情結刻意傳遞給下一代,成了兒女生命價值觀的板模。只要注視目前一切「向錢 看」的悲情世代,不擇手段求財使人心扭曲的畸型發展,基督徒由此更需要分別為聖,更要謹守度日,建立以神為首的家庭,培育出敬虔的後代。感謝主,藉著這位 婦人我學習到寶貴的屬靈功課,深深領悟到跟隨主乃是要捨棄,不是囤積,是放下而非緊抓,是付出多於收取,順命多於自恃,渴慕靈糧多於追求家道豐富,學習活 出「白白得來, 也要白白捨去」的生命取向, 因為有了主就有了一切, 奉主耶穌聖名禱告, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: “Hoarder” is an unfamiliar term to me, until I met one face to face rather than seeing one on TV. Sitting across from me was a mid-aged Pakistani woman who wrecked her life completely as a result of her hoarding addiction. “I had been a hoarder over 10 years. My family could not stand me, my sister kicked me out; my parents wanted to disown me. It went so bad that I saved even the hamburger wrapping paper and all kinds of bags in every corner of the house. I couldn’t open the door without tripping over stuff. I am sleeping in foreclosed buildings, no running water and light, living like a ghost…” Opening her file, I saw her picture affixed on the naturalization certificate, a young and pretty face. Fortunately she still keeps a copy of her college report card printed with her biographic information and social security number, the only evidence to proof identity, while all the other official documents were either shredded or burned by her sister at the time of eviction. Her hands shivered and tears swelled in her eyes as I hand delivered her the replacement certificate of citizenship. With that, she can now apply for US Passport, SS#; open a bank account, look for job and regain a normal life. She showered me with thanks and vowed to kick the habit after learning a hard lesson in life. While documenting in full details of the interview, I couldn’t help but thinking about our packing experience before closing our house few months ago after the sale contract was signed. I struggled hard to dispense our 13 years of memorable possessions, keepsakes, memento, souvenirs and loads of furniture, which were eventually hauled away by the Salvation Army. I felt like I had been practicing “hoarding”, albeit not in an extreme manner like this woman. I must say, nowadays, people unconsciously fall into the trap of accumulating material possession, wealth, success, fame and glory to the level of addiction. Many spent their whole life pursuing material rewards to fill the insatiable void in the heart, even Christians. Contrary to this worldview, the Lord warns us not to fall prey to this secular lifestyle, because it hampers the development of our spiritual relationship with God, leaving us more empty inside. I witness our generation not only fail to stop piling up things as being the “Ultimate Consumer” epitomized by “Black Friday” frantic shopping spree during Holidays, they likewise pre-occupy their mind with convoluted thinking and sexual images in the cyber world. How easy we become slaves of the material world that would eventually corrupt our souls, unless we turn around to pursue spiritual riches in God’s eyes. Praise God for this woman who decides to regain her true identity as a somber reminder to us all that we must also regain our real identity as the children of God, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)    

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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