It starts with buying a few new towels...
Saturday, June 7, 2008

...but before you know it, you want a new bath mat to match those towels. And then you just must have a new shower curtain. And then that new shower curtain makes your old trashcan look rather pitiful. Then the new shiny trashcan you purchased makes the soap dispenser look shabby. And now that everything else is so nice, you really need something decorative for the walls. And ON AND ON IT GOES PEOPLE.

And this is just the trouble you can find yourself in one little bathroom. If you could blow that kind of un-budgeted money in an impromptu shopping spree for the bathroom, then what kind of damage could you do to your wallet if you started in on the kitchen??? Imagine how the budget would be busted if you decided to buy a new set of dishes...that can eventually lead all the way up to needing to buy new coordinating drapes for cryin' out loud.

Jonathan and I are moving into a brand spankin' new house in three weeks. We've watched it's creation from the ground up. As of today all the shiny new appliances have been installed...the countertops are in...the light fixtures are hung...and everything is new and sparkly and wonderful. So you see how my old dingy towels would start to beg to be put out of their misery?!?! They are crying out to be replaced!

BUT - I have promised myself I will remember that an old slightly faded towel (in the dated forest green color that was oh-so-popular when I got married) functions at drying me off just as well as a new towel in a trendier color would. I have vowed to move into this house and be content filling it with my old things. Yea, my budget demands it of me. And yet...there are so many ways to trick yourself out of sticking to a silly ol' budget...


On a serious note, I am going to use this time to think about if I really know what it means to be content. Ahh...the land of contentment. That ever elusive place so few American's seem to be able to find for themselves, if our collective amount of debt is any indication.

Buying this new house has solidified for me that contentment will never, ever come from stuff. This new house is way nicer than anywhere I have ever lived. And when we first started the building process, I was filled with gratitude that the Lord has blessed us and brought us to a place we're able to build this house. My heart was full. And yet, as our move in date gets closer, instead of being continually grateful for such a huge thoughts have slowly changed to wishing for the money to fill the new house with new stuff...a bigger TV...better furnishings....beautiful artwork....

So I'm making a choice to stop that nonsense. It's all a choice - I get to chose what I focus on. What a concept, huh? I am incredibly grateful for this new house. And beyond that, I'm even incredibly grateful for my abundance of old stuff. I am blessed beyond measure. Old forest green towels included.

And I know where true contentment comes from. The shiny new appliances just temporarily blurred my vision.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Hebrews 13:5

Blogger Chill Pastor had this to say:

Your wisdom goes beyond the 30 years that you have been on this planet. God will honor your choice to focus on Him rather than "stuff"



June 7, 2008 at 8:14 AM 

Blogger Shelly Collins had this to say:

This is good stuff Starr, thank you! Just think of your towels like an old pair of jeans, they just get better with time!

June 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM 

Blogger The Forester Clan had this to say:

Amen sister!! May we all learn to be content with what we have, and learn to find true contentment in our relationship with JESUS!

June 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM 

Anonymous Granny Melynda had this to say:

The older I get the more content I am with less “stuff.” LESS IS BEST.

June 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM 

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