Windowless Socks – lessons from my hoarder husband

Sometimes I struggle to fathom my husbands thinking. Last weekend, when getting ready for church, I spotted that his socks not only had a hole at the toe, but also a huge hole at the heal – I mean there was very little sock left intact. When I told him he should throw them away he declared but “those are windows”! I managed to get him to throw them out and when I replaced them with brand new ones he was happy but refused to wear them as he wanted to keep them for good.

My husband is a hoarder – a hoarder of all sorts of things. When we were first dating he boasted that the shirt he was wearing was more than ten years old. The problem was it had holes in the sleeve so he could take his jacket off. While I’m someone who will gladly fill up the bin or give stuff away I do understand where Ramos is coming from. He has grown up in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, where you never throw anything away if you can possibly fix it or someone else can think of what to use it for.

But Ramos’ hording of broken things got me to thinking about how we hoard the broken things in our lives – bad habits. Paul tells us to take off our old habits and to put on new godly ones:

Colossians 3:8-12 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Paul’s picture here is of taking off those broken habits – they may be comfortable but the don’t function well in our new life of faith, and get dressed in new habits and behaviours. I particularly like this image as it reminds me that it is my choice, when I came to believe in Christ I was not hit on the head with a magic wand and transformed. I need to choose to undress and throw away those old habits and pick up and put on the new. Ramos’ socks with built-in windows made me think about the well-worn comfortable bad habits it still need to take off and throw away. Are you hoarding any bad habits? Throw them away and put on something new today

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10 Replies to “Windowless Socks – lessons from my hoarder husband”

  1. Oh your hubby reminds me of my MIL! She hoards a lot of stuff, she even went to our neighbours’ houses and took back the stuff they threw out…

    It’s hard to change the thinking of someone especially when they are used to what they are doing. I’m not saying we should encourage it, or that criticism is going to help them… For me, everytime she boasts about finding all those ‘treasures’ I just keep quiet, let her talk all she wants.

    That way, I’m not encouraging her behaviour nor am I driving myself up the walls by being angry or frustrated.

    Hopping over from Seeds of Faith, have a lovely Wednesday! 🙂

    ~ Jenny ( I’m a full-time mummy )

  2. Great word Tracey!

    I’m visiting from iFellowship – but I’ve been here before and always enjoy coming back!

    If you have time, come visit me too at Living Above.

    I hope you have a great Wednesday!

  3. Wow Tracey, a great word which we all can take to heart. We so offen get caught in a certain way we justify to ourselves why its ok for us to behave or speak to watch or be involved in certain things. We should be a light an example to others and to get rid of those such bad habits we have become acustom too. Good word, thanks.

    p.s: cute toe :0)

  4. I understand your husbands mentality. It takes a lot to surrender the need to cling to things and to trust the Lord for every provision. Just as in our spiritual life it can be a process to choose to surrender those comfortable broken habits and trust the Lord to provide transformation in His Spirit. Loved this post. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from ifellowship today.

  5. Visiting from iFellowship. My husband doesn’t like to get rid of things either. He is getting better at it though after being married to me for 8 years. LOL. Good word for today.

  6. Hi, Trace

    God has blessed you with the ability to take everyday situations, apply it to scripture and teach us something about God, fellow men (our spouses!) and ourselves! Time and again your blog leaves me excited about our awesome God, knowing Him, walking with Him…

    Will remember today’s lesson when putting on my socks, and will have to consider throwing out that worn worn worn denim… but replacing a denim is REAL HARD!!
    Shows you: A new habit (or denim) feels a bit stiff and uncomfortable, but keep practicing (wearing it), and soon it will fit as a glove!
    We once dared to cycle to school through the “stay-off-the-lawn” park. The first time our hearts wanted to jump out our throats, fearing to be caught. The second time was a bit easier. Soon after that we forgot that it was forbidden territory! Nothing to do with socks, though 😉

  7. That is so good. We do tend to hoard our past hurts and mistakes, don’t we. I don’t know why, just human nature I guess. Thank God we have His spirit that overcomes our human nature.

    Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment! I’m so glad to meet you!

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