Lately, I’ve been having intense negotiations with God while standing in the checkout line of my favorites stores.
With my treasured conquests in hand, His gentle yet undeniable voice starts invading my thoughts:
“You know, you really should save more of your money.”
“Do you really need to buy another pair of shoes?”
“You already have something just like that hanging in your closet.”
“More makeup? What about that foundation you haven’t opened yet.”
Then, in the middle of Sephora, Zara, or especially in Target, I start debating with God as to why I should go through with my purchase.
Some days I rationalize my spending because the item is on sale; my more high priced items I justify as long term investments.
The only problem is, there’s always a good sale going on, and there’s always a long term investment to splurge on.
And while I am financially comfortable right now, I know my impromptu shopping sprees aren’t always the smartest choice for my bank accounts.
I also know God is mindful about how I manage (or mismanage) my finances as well.
In Luke 16:10 (NIV) it says “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
Being responsible with my money shows God I can be trusted with even more blessings; blessings that aren’t limited to “worldly wealth”, but He describes as “true riches”. (Luke 16:11 (NIV)
Living in this materialistic world we constantly have to check ourselves and our spending to make sure we’re not placing too much emphasis on the wrong things.
After all, there will always be something new, something cute or something irresistible trying to woo us and our wallets.
But having the latest “it” item is no where as important as having love, joy, peace, faith, self-control and all the other gifts that come with having the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Those are the true riches that make life satisfying.
Not whether you’re wearing designer heels.
Not having the newest gadgets to infiltrate the market.
And certainly not having the latest fashion to impress our “friends” on social media or even those in real life.
All of those things are temporary; their fulfillment only lasts a moment. But when we invest in the things that matter most to God, only then will we find eternal rewards.
As for me, I’m spending less and less time negotiating with God at checkout lines.
I rather spend my time checking out His plans for my life.
Colossians 3:2 “ Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
Matthew 6: 19-12 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”
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