I have been feeling a little blah today. I was happy with my outfit that I wore to work, things went well, the sun was out for a large part of the day, but I still felt blah. After work I headed out to Second Showing, my favourite little consignment boutique, to chat with the owner for a bit and to see what was new. As usual I had a great time! On top of enjoying myself with banter and looking at all the pretty clothes I did one thing that is almost guaranteed to perk me up, I bought a new purse!
I realize that this is a rather shallow fix and that I am usually against consumerism etc. but I really love the feeling of putting my things in a new purse and slinging it over my shoulder. Whatever I’m wearing takes on a new look and for better or worse I feel, dare I say, chic!
I don’t remember reading anything about commercial therepy in the Bible. In fact, one of the readings recently was about Jesus clearing out the money changers and sales people from the temple in Jerusalem. (John 2:15) Our posessions are often more our gods than God, and Jesus also instructed some people to sell all they had and give it to the poor. He sent his disciples off on mission without a change of clothes, or a purse of money.
Hmm…I was blah, then I was a little more perky, and now I feel guilty. Does this pattern sound familiar? It isn’t as easy to buck our culture as it might seem up front. Jesus was aware of this even two thousand years ago when he said, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matt 19:24 Thank to God, we don’t have to try to do it on our own.