I think these thoughts first came to me when I was looking to buy a new sweater. I was looking for something "cute", and stylish. My main concern was how I would look wearing it. As I wandered around the store, it occurred to me that I have perfectly good sweaters at home. That thought made me realize that I wasn't appreciating what I already owned. Stores work very hard to market their goods so that you begin to feel that what you already own isn't good enough. But I remember seeing my grandmother wear my grandfather's old sheepskin lined coat, instead of the brand new fancy one given to her for Christmas. She felt the one she owned was good enough. In fact, I don't know if she ever wore the new one. She made do with what she had, and didn't get caught up in materialism.
When I was a missionary in the training center, we were only given one day a week to go out in to the world to shop and take care of other errands. I remember one time when we went to the mall. As we walked around the mall, I was really struck by how materialistic it all was. Being all week in the training center took me away from all of that, and it was a shock to see it once again. It was actually oppressive.
I still struggle to appreciate what I already have, and it is difficult sometimes to not covet what I do not have. But I think it gets easier the older I get. I may never wear the most current styles, but you can be sure that what I do wear is good enough.
Now go and see what the other consortium members have to say about this issue:
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar, Conrad, Padmum, Magpie11, and Akanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit