"And behold! I make all things new!" - Jesus (somewhere in Revelation; I'm too lazy to look it up but I know its there somewhere toward the end @22 or so) Plus I like saying "behold" and I'm not sure most of my translations use that one. I know KJV does.
For Lent I gave up buying new things. This is in an effort to 1) go green 2) save some green and 3) remember that Jesus makes all things new again. (probably not in that order)
At first I thought this would be no problem. I thought ahead and purchased one or two things before Lent started, but thought "heck I can do without for at least 40 days." I gave myself the out on food (I don't even know where to get used food) and if there was something I needed for work or the kids' school work then I'd make exception (and even then I was hoping someone would purchase these for me).
The first few days were hard. I didn't realize how much internet shopping I did. I began to write down my shopping desires so that I could think about purchasing these things after Easter. After two hours on Ash Wednesday, I had a full page list going. So I took a step back and tried to see what I could either get used or find something else to use that I already had. This is when creativity came in. I found some good consignment and thrift shops but for the most part I really didn't need to buy things used. I did find that clothing wise I could make due for 40 days. Plus, its one thing to buy used jeans but there's no way I'm buying used undies. ("and all God's people said 'eew'")
After the first week I caught myself. We had started a message series called [scrubs] based on the healings of Jesus. Pastor Mark and I decided to get into the spirit and wear scrubs on Sunday morning. So with great excitement I purchased my first pair of scrubs. I felt so important and medically official. I was ready to walk into the hospital to see if I could help when I realized that I HAD BOUGHT SOMETHING NEW!!! I could have borrowed scrubs from many different people but here I had broken my promise! I was a failure! Yes it was for work but still I felt ashamed. I would have returned them but I bought them from a store that a congregation member runs and I'm not sure she would have understood my angst.
We're coming to the end of Lent and I've realized a few things.
1) I really can be much greener than I thought I was. So far I've only embraced the recycle part of the mantra but after Lent I'm really into the reduce and reuse aspects as well.
2) I didn't save as much green as I thought. I guess I have that emotional need to spend money. I tended to make up for the gap by buying fancy thing to make for dinner or going out to eat. But overall I was much more thrifty than I ever thought I could be.
3) I'm very nervous about buying new things again. I worry that commercialism will get the better of me again. Every time I wanted to buy something new this season I thought about God. I've gotten closer to God. I really don't want to give that part up.
So as we turn to Easter, I hope you've gotten closer to God in some way as well. I hope that I can keep up parts of this little experiment for the long term as i think about how much I've wasted in the past on stuff that doesn't matter.
Here's to hoping that all your things, dreams, ideas, and feelings are new each day!!
Until Everyone Hears,
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