sumo wrestling (day 22)

the other day i saw a pin that gave me pause and if i’m honest, made me sad. it said, “life is short. buy the shoes.”

we (i) want. we (i) need. we (i) just have to have this or that and then- oh yes, we’re (i’m) positive- then life will be complete it’ll all be good.

i don’t think buying things is wrong…but i do struggle with the selfishness i feel our culture presses on us. it’s tempting to believe that buying extravagantly is just the way life is.

i realize the word ‘extravagantly’ may seem over the top, but how can my buying not be extravagant when the majority of the world lives on less than $2 a day?

does anyone else wrestle with these things?

i feel like my thoughts are sumo wrestling each other. ring 1: caitlin-who-loves-new-things v. caitlin-who-wants-to-be-resourceful. ring 2: caitlin-who-is-selfish v. caitlin-who-is selfless. ring 3: caitlin-who-idolizes-clothing v. caitlin-who-worships-only-God.

maybe if i rented a sumo suit and wrestled my closet i’d gain some clarity.

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  • kels June 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    I’m totally with you on the wrestling. Ugh.


    • Caitlin June 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Double ugh. But thanks for the reminder!! Yay! I think a trip to visit and celebrate is in order…am I right? :)

  • kat June 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Please rent a sumo-wrestling outfit. We could use it at the next small group!

    • Caitlin June 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Lol. Now THAT would be hilarious.

  • Selah June 23, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Life is eternal. Invest in people.

    I find that when I invest in people first, by tithing (investing in others) and saving (investing in my family), then I am more free to spend what’s left.

    Trust that your struggle is a good thing. You are growing in Christ!

    • Caitlin June 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Selah, you have such an elegant and wise way of putting things. Thanks for the encouragement! I’m so blessed by you!

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