You should see my closet. Actually, you should see both of my closets. I have one of my own and share half of my daughter’s just to have enough room to hold all my clothes. Now, I will be honest and say that when I worked in the golf business, I got a lot of free clothes. But I still have far more than I really need. What’s really embarrassing though is how many pairs of shoes I own. Everyone gives the ladies a hard time for having closets full of shoes, but I’m sure my collection surpasses most.
It may seem obvious, but I’ve come to realize that you can only wear one pair of shoes at a time. The others just sit there taking up space in the closet, and in some cases, collecting dust because they haven’t been worn in so long. It’s overconsumption at its finest.
I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one with this problem. It may not be shoes, but I’m sure many of you have far more of something than you really need. A far bigger and more expensive house than is necessary. A huge garage full of over-priced cars that you don’t really need. A long list of expensive hobbies that you participate in and then stop after only a few months.
Our culture says, “more, more, more.” When are we going to say, “enough is enough!” The Bible teaches about the Christian’s attitude towards contentment, and it’s a teaching we would be wise to adhere to.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
(1 Timothy 6:6-10)