Why You Have So Much Stuff (And What To Do About It)

Why You Have So Much Stuff (And What To Do About It)

Okay, I admit it. Most of my blog posts are essentially ‘fluff’. I can write and write about minimalism and how to cut back on your things, but the truth is, unless we get to the heart of the matter, not much will change. Why do we have so much stuff? I’ve thought of a few, real, soul-searching reasons: We’re Covering Pain – Feeling depressed? Go out and buy something. Worrying too much? Watch TV to forget about reality. Like overeating, shopping can cause a momentary high that we use as a way to cope with life. It’s a temporary means of escape. But like a drug, it’s addictive. It only lasts a moment and we’ll always have to go back for more. Finding Willpower is Too Hard – It’s no secret that our society teaches self-indulgence. We know we are bombarded with thousands of images a day taunting us to buy things. We know companies spend millions on finding ways to make their product appeal to us and convince us to buy. And with so much else going on in our lives, it’s easier to just give in and accumulate stuff than it is to work at building the willpower not to. No One Taught Us Differently – In the 1930s, people stretched every item and every dollar. There was no waste and people survived with very little just to make it through the Depression. Many generations have passed since then. Having parents who taught us how to be frugal and wise with our money is a thing of the past. Add in ease of access to credit...
Is Money an Idol in Your Life?

Is Money an Idol in Your Life?

Three years ago, I had it all figured out. I had our family on a strict budget, we were debt free, we never over-spent and every penny was managed. There was no way that money was an idol. It was all under control. But then I asked God to search my heart… What followed was a tumultuous journey. One that led me to places I never thought I needed to go. It started with involvement in a number of conferences on how to be successful as a Christian. I learned many things – how to understand people better, how to focus… and how to make more money. I imagined making great amounts of money to help others around the world. I imagined being rich in spirit and in pocket. I even studied scriptures in Proverbs that backed up what I was learning. And then it all came crashing down. My husband and I made a humiliatingly bad business decision. We went in to debt for it and ended up dragging some dear friends along with us into the same fate. When I look back now, I can see there were all kinds of warning signs – all kinds of nudgings from God not to get involved in this business. Yet my deceived heart spurred me on in the wrong direction and convinced me it was the right decision. What followed was a few months of dire straits. Our family income was pared down to a few measly cheques from  Husband’s main, still-new business. We became forced to rely on God. I can’t tell you how many times I prayed...