To buy or not to buy?

There is a word bouncing around my brain, consumerism. Like a game of Pong it gets bounced around by different paddles- “after Christmas sales,”I want” “I don’t need” “CHARGE IT!” The day is a wasting and the sales are happening. Meanwhile I think.

There is no end to consumerism. It is epidemic. I feel like a hypocrite when I considerate how upset I get when I see how others hoard stuff and then go buy more. Once when I was shopping at Christmas Tree Shop the cashier told me that she rents TWO! storage units to hold all the STUFF she acquires from said shop. Seriously, who needs that much junk? And then I paid for my purchases…

Although I am not talking about buying food, this verse makes me ponder on my spending practices and priorities:

“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” Isaiah 55:2

My brain gets it. There is nothing I can buy that will satisfy the longing of my soul. Nothing. “Eat what is good”… This is not talking about my favorite chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookies. This is not even talking about kale either. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” He alone satisfies every longing.

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