The other day I went to our post office box and it was full of the usual: bills, junk mail and area shopper's guides. I've become fairly proficient at sorting mail. Most of it goes into the garbage can. There was one item however, that catapulted me back to my childhood. It was the 2000 Wish Book from Sears.
When I was a kid I couldn't wait for the Sears, JC Penney and Montgomery Wards winter catalogs to arrive. I would spend hours pouring over the catalog (the booster seat of my generation) circling ALL the toys, gadgets and yes, even clothes I wanted and just needed to have. The next day I would do it all again to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
The 2000 Wish Book from Sears is minuscule compared to when I was a kid. The internet and online shopping has changed the way stores do business and the way a lot of us shop. The desire for more and better hasn't changed with the size of catalogs, the subtlety or lack there of commercials, or the changes in technology.
Exodus 20:17 says, "Do not covet your neighbor's house. Do not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns." Or anything manufacturers, suppliers and advertisers are trying to entice you into "needing" to make you feel you've arrived or to feel satisfied. Oh, by the way, things will never satisfy.
Paul told the people of Philippi, "I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little"(Philippians 4:11). One of the greatest gifts we could want and really do need is the gift of contentment. You can't find it in a catalog or buy it on the World Wide Web. It's a gift only Jesus Christ can give. It's a gift that won't cost you anything but cost Jesus His life. For you, Jesus knows it was worth it.
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