3 weeks on the wagon.

So January 1st, I decided that I was going to commit to not buying anything for myself until March. This includes everything from magazines, makeup, shoes, clothes, unneccessary toiletry items (ie: hair products, perfume, or nailpolish), room decorations, or anything else that enters into the realm of self-indulgence. I wouldn’t venture, as much as I enjoy pretty things, to say that I am a shop-a-holic of any sort.. but I just find that my money always ends up to justify its running out of my wallet in the event of a sale. Clint makes fun of me when I get my lustful eyes set on a half off price tag with his faux girly retort of  “Like.. OMG.. it’s like.. a SIN to walk away from this sale.” Apart from my boyfriend’s banter, it really is true.. I’m a sucker for a redline markdown. I claim that it came from my Saturdays of bargain hunting with my mother at garage sales as a kid. We were garage sale champs, always coming home with something we swaggled down to a fourth of the price the garage sale seller was even selling it for. It could have been Harry Potter cookie jar or a beaten up poster of Leonardo DiCaprio (both true stories) it has always thrilled me to find something thifted down. Granted, as an adult, this acute bargain sense has landed me quite some steals from different stores, but I decided this next year is going to be more selfless, no matter how much thrill I get out of the hunt. So, here I am, 3 weeks in to my shopping sabbatical and going strong. This last weekend, when I was especially tempted by a designer wallet, that I’ve been eying for the last year, went from $165 to $20, I decided to dive into the bible and find out what God had to say about money, and what life is truly made of.. and here are a few things that I came out with.

In Psalm 73, Asaph talks about how he was tempted to envy the wicked who seemed to have no cares and built their fortunes upon the backs of those they took advantage of, but then he considered their ultimate end. In contrast to what they sought after, he states in verse 25 what mattered to him: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (verse 25). To Asaph, a relationship with God mattered above all else in life. Without that relationship, life has no real purpose.

 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:21-26
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:9-11
So, the last of these weeks will be dedicated to ridding myself of earthly desires, and attempting to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. And all the half price purses will have to go to a different girl out there.

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