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Holding On

“Hoarders” is a popular television show.  The stories are accounts of folks that just can’t let go of “stuff”.  Before long, their homes are so cluttered and stacked so high with junk that normal living is not possible.  Americans shake their heads in disbelief that anyone would live that way.  But, if we are honest, is it not true that many of us have closets that are way past needing to be cleaned out?  Garages that are too full to easily park one’s car inside?  Or, rented storage space because you can’t squeeze anything else in your attic?

That is much more tragic in one’s spiritual life.  So many have “NO ROOM” in the Inn of their hearts for the Master.  Too much clutter from the things of this world.  Many use the busy events, their need to make more money, or time to enjoy life’s pleasures as the reason that they have no time for God, His church, or His will.  These spiritually dead folks have the death grip around this world’s things.  They have no open hand reaching out for God’s forgiveness and goodness.  How very tragic when they discover too late that “the things of this world are passing away”.  They will have held on till death to that which has no ability to give them life eternal with God.

Back in 1987 on a commuter flight from Portland, Maine, to Boston the pilot, Henry Dempsey, heard an unusual noise near the rear of the plane. Dempsey turned the controls over to the co-pilot and went back to check it out. As he reached the tail section, the plane hit an air pocket, and Dempsey was tossed against the rear door. 

He soon discovered that the original noise was caused because the rear door had been improperly latched prior to takeoff. Now the impact of his weight caused it to open. Dempsey was instantly sucked out of the tiny jet.

The co-pilot saw the red light, which indicated an open door. He immediately radioed the nearest airport requesting permission for an emergency landing. He reported that the pilot had fallen out of the plane and wanted a helicopter to search the area. 

After the plane landed the ground crew found Dempsey holding on to the outdoor ladder of the aircraft. Somehow he had caught the ladder and held on for ten minutes as the plane flew two hundred mph at an altitude of 4000 feet, and then when landing he kept his head from hitting the runway, which was only twelve inches away. According to the news reports, it took airport personnel several minutes to pry Dempsey’s fingers off of the ladder!

I’ve known some people who have held onto certain things in this world with the same white-knuckle intensity. What are you holding on to? Hold on loosely to the things in this world. You might have money and influence and that’s fine. It’s fine provided that you find your value and significance in Christ and not in the things of this world. Wealth and possessions can steal your heart away if you’re not careful.  (Copied).