in deed and truth

“I too use to be addicted to shopping… and I mean ADDICTED! It wasn’t until I surrounded myself with the extreme “true” needs of others that I was able to kick the habit. When you see kids wearing ripped clothes, no coats in the winter, shoes with holes, pants with holes, stomachs that have ate nothing or at best ramen noodles for days, kids whose parents are never home and leave them to fend for themselves, parents who are constantly choosing to feed addictions over feeding their kids, and all of this while still expecting them to function civilly in school and on the streets…. and this is in America not a foreign country… That’s when my closet really didn’t matter anymore. The focus was off me and on them. I knew I was blessed and it was time to get to work. I now try to sell my clothes in order to provide more for them, after all im already completely clothed in strength and dignity by the creator of this world!! That becomes enough. The focus has to get off ourselves: 1 John 3:16-18:

(By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.)

This verse has to matter more to us than a good feeling over a fashionable outfit… The needs are there but if we avoid seeing the need I don’t think God is going to just exempt us from this verse. After all when we get to heaven God is not going to say well done my good and fashionable servant. Surround yourself by the needs of others, they won’t care about your outfit. Your smile and personality and the fact that you are the light of the world and you are clothed in Jesus Christ will far outshine any outfit or accessory you ever wear!!”

The Martinos

danielle, i hope you don’t mind that i used your comment from yesterday. i was so inspired by it and love reading about your family and the ways that God is working through you. thank you for being so honest about your journey, and taking the time to encourage and spur me on in mine.

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  • the martinos October 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Wow! Was not expecting to see my comment :) Thanks for fixing my typo too haha!! Share away just want others to experience the same freedom I am living in!!!

    • Caitlin October 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      :) Thanks Danielle! I love you and your heart! You have no idea what a shining example of Christ you are.

  • Angela P. October 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this because just this week I was thinking about this. I too have realize how selfish I have been..well… It’s a daily struggle and not just with clothes/shopping.

    • Caitlin October 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Wow, do I hear what you’re saying. It is often an hourly- even minute by minute struggle for me. Be encouraged, Angela! You aren’t alone.

  • Carrie October 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Love love love this! I was just dealing with something like this. I recently learned of someone somewhat close to me that is so (sadly) caught up in having the best of everything, that she was stooping to using fraud in order to obtain these things. And while I would never do that, it did bring to light how I have found myself wanting to keep up with the Jones’. Especially having two amazing little sons, it’s easy for me to be tempted to get caught up in buying and buying and buying. My husband and I have recently decided to tell ochilliest son (6) the truth about Santa and Christmas, because I was afraid that it was becoming too much about gifts and not enough about what it really is about. And this verse just made me feel so much better and more confident that we are doing the right thing and laying down a better foundation for our sons and their relationship with Jesus Christ.

    • Caitlin October 19, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Carrie, I love that you and your husband are laying a strong foundation for your sons and their relationship with Christ! My cousins made the decision to never lie to their kids about Santa- they celebrate Christmas, watch all the movies, etc., but they have taught them about the real St. Nick and of course, emphasize Christ. I know it hasn’t been easy, but they’ve had great conversations with their kids as a result. I think I’ll follow in their footsteps one day.

  • Carrie October 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    That was supposed to say our oldest son lol.

  • Anna October 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Excellent quote and photo! The “doing” is so much hard than the “talking,” but it is the most meaningful and memorable. When I think about the people I love (both in body and in spirit) and who love me, I can only summon up feelings and energy – not the words that they said. Deeds and truth at work! And thanks for sharing Danielle’s comment; I read it yesterday and appreciated the sentiment.

    • Caitlin October 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Thanks, Anna! I think you summed it up perfectly- ‘the “doing” is so much more hard than the “talking,” but it is the most meaningful and memorable.’ That’s exactly it. Unless we follow up our talk with actions, it’s in a sense, worthless.

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