It’s been a little over two weeks since I made the decision to stay away from shopping malls for three months. It’s going to be super hard because shopping is something I really enjoy. But I rely too much on the false and temporary happiness it brings me and I realize how unhealthy it is. If I’m sad about something, I’ll go shopping. If I’m bored, I’ll go shopping. If I feel like I don’t have anything to wear (which is always total bullcrap) I’ll go shopping. And the feelings I’m left with after my “shopping-high” has diminished is nothing but guilt.
Last night, as I was reading through 1 Corinthians, I came upon a verse that confirmed I was on the right track with this “no shopping” decision. Chapter seven, verse 30 says, “Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions.” Wow. If that’s not a direct word from God, then I don’t know what is. Plain and simple, I know that my joy needs to come from being grateful for what God has blessed me with. Not new clothes.
So, I need your help to keep me accountable. No shopping until July 22. And if any of you feel convicted about shopping as well, will you join me in this journey? Leave a comment below with your FB profile, or email, or whatever, and let’s do this together.
And for now, I’m trying to enjoy what clothes I do have and put together new and interesting outfits every day. Right now, I’m loving the comfort of my palazzo pants. And adding a fun hat always makes the outfit come together!!