“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!!”
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.