I love to shop. For sure, I can shop ’til I drop. That’s about three to four hours, but I do it with complete abandon, a smile on my face, and my eyes darting back and forth to discover anything new and interesting. Shopping is therapy for me.
I confess I rarely buy anything. I window-shop—but more than that, I actually window-shop inside stores, as well. Is that called aisle-shopping? I don’t know.
My favorite stores are home furnishings,
but I love a good variety store, antique shop, art gallery, or department
store. I like quirky things. I especially love it when little “rooms”
are decorated, so you can actually see the possibilities. My imagination goes
wild! Inspiration overload.
I enjoy clothing stores less—because I rarely find anything I like in my size that looks good on me with a price I’m willing to pay. Clothes shopping does nothing for my good humor. Shoe shopping is even worse—but I’ll spare you.
rarely get to do my shopping-’til-dropping escapades, and perhaps that’s a good
thing. The malls where we live in Spain only have one
home decoration store—nice but pricey. I still might find myself spending a
short afternoon at a mall, just for fun—about once every two years. But, in the
United States…. The possibilities are endless.
Michelangelo once proclaimed, “Gazing at beautiful things acts on my soul.” I totally agree with him.
I love to shop with my sister, who should
start her own business of where to find what and how to outfit a person in one
afternoon. I also enjoy shopping with our daughter, who tells me honestly what
she thinks and keeps me from being “too old lady.”
shopping your therapy?
Which do you prefer: window-shopping or
actually buying things?
Do you get a kick out of using your credit
card ’til it smokes and buying a whole new wardrobe, pricey make-up, doing your
hair and nails at the salon, and changing the living room furniture …
Dave Ramsey once said, “We often
overspend because we are trying to fill an emotional gap in our lives. No
object will ever satisfy your soul.”
It is one of the reasons we spend money—that emotional gap. We collect things because they make us feel somehow comfortable. Spending on ourselves makes us feel momentarily happy. After all, we deserve that treat. (Not so.)
Soon, we’re right back at the same low
emotional place, and we’re tempted to spend even more money in order to feel
realize things don’t do it.
We’re not alone. Many post milennials are going minimalist because they’ve learned that living in a junked-up house is tiring. Too much stuff means too much to clean, put away, and it produces mental clutter and oppression. The decorating pendulum has swung the other way. Now, we enjoy clean surfaces, less is more, and invite Marie Kondo into our closet so we can learn to fold and roll.
Back in the 1800s, Henry David Thoreau
decided to camp out at Walden Pond and enjoy a simple life (where he only stayed
two years, by the way). He said, “The price of anything is the amount of
life you exchange for it.”
“He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.” (Swedish proverb)
I think that’s true.
it sinful to go shopping? Of course not.
Is it wrong to overspend? Yes, we’re responsible to God to manage what He has given us. Jesus tells his disciples a parable about an unjust steward. It’s talking about money (here called mammon), and the parable concludes: He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:10-11, 13).
God says you either serve Him or money, not both. When we overspend, we haven’t been faithful with the money God has entrusted to us. We become slaves to money—since we owe it.
for overspending, of course, is contentment. Are we
content with what we have right now? Can we be okay not spending crazily?
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content (1 Timothy 6:8). Do we have something to eat and wear? Yep.
conversation (lifestyle) be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).
Our relationship with God is sufficient for our
contentment. His presence alone should bring us joy.
I’ll close with an unattributed
quote I found on Pinterest: “It costs $0.00 to be grateful for what you