In our society we're driven to consume things. We always want more. Maybe we'll be happier if we get that new car or maybe we'll have a good day if we head to the mall and shop till we drop. We have houses full of things and basements and garage stuffed to the rafters. The new thriving business is self-storage facilities that are popping up all over.
And believe me, I am not trying to lecture you. I am just as guilty. I have things from birthdays and Christmases past that I haven't even had a chance to "play" with or use. I've only managed to make it through 1 disk of 4 from the Taxi television DVD's that may parents gave me years ago. And books? They are piled high. It could years for me to get through them all. Honestly, I could not buy one more thing (besides food and essentials) and have enough things to entertain me for a very long time. In fact, I'd like nothing more than just the time to enjoy the things I already have.
Even the Bible speaks of contentment. Philippians 4:11-14 says: "Not that I was ever in need, for I learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty of little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." This came from Paul, author of the book Phillippians with the intent of thanking the Phillippians for the gifts they had given him and to show them that true joy comes from Jesus.
We can still draw on this verse today for we really will only find contentment in a future with the Lord. Materialistic things mean nothing. They rot, get lost, and lose meaning to us. Often an impulse buy seems like fun at the time, but then later with then novelty wears of we find we don't even know where the item is. To tell you the truth, I couldn't tell you what I got for my 30th birthday which was almost 4 years ago, so you can see how unimportant "things" really are.
So why do we have such a drive to hoard so many things? It could be:
- We're trying to fill an emptiness within us.
- We're bored.
- Shopping is our hobby.
- We learned it from our parents.
- We have a serious shopping obsession that requires help.
- It was fun to shop while we were out with friends.
- We're trying to substitute our love for others by giving them things.
But what can we do about it? Try to:
- Attend church or other church-related activities more to make a strength connection with God.
- Read the Bible more.
- Spend more time with family, friends, and our fluffy furry pet friends.
- Find a new hobby.
- Make list of all the blessings in your life and try focusing on them.
- Rather than buying gifts for the holidays or birthdays, plan a trip or an event and spend time with your loved ones.
Wishing you "Blessings from Above,"