Freeing the Freedom Fighter
I was a shop-a-holic. Retail Therapy was my medicine. I felt a gnawing inside. I had been aware for years that I had an issue, but couldn't quite ever stop. I tried different outward controls with limited success. And, then, I began to pray.
I prayed that God would conquer the consumerism in my heart. I prayed repeatedly. I begged. I pleaded. And, God answered.
I would not say today that I am completely freed, and silly purchases are completely in the past. However, I see great gains from where I started from and where I am today.
These days, I am wasting less money on things I don't need. And, I am wasting less items because I have what I need and what I want, and less goes to the charity donation or landfill. I think carefully before bringing things into my home. I even question if I need a second or third tube of toothpaste, even if I hit a good sale.
I am content with what I have the vast majority of the time. The gnawing is less frequent, less intense, less pervasive. God has performed a miracle in my heart, and continues in freeing me from the snare of materialism.
I would not want to go back to conspicuous consumption. That lifestyle holds no beauty for me. I am so happy to be more content, more satisfied, more at peace with less. It's a beautiful life with little.