I love it when the seasons change and get excited when I go into a home furnishing store and see all the seasonal décor. Last weekend I found myself oohing and aahing over all the beach and seaside home goods. I love the light blue and turquoise colored candles and even though they don’t really match our home décor, I found myself picking them up.
And then a little voice (no, not my husbands) said, “Do you NEED that?” I answered in my head, “Ugh…..no. But it would be so nice to have if we had friends over.”
I recently heard a staggering set of statistics. Last month, Americans spent 8.96 billion on home furnishings and last year Americans spent 338 billion on home improvements.
This got me thinking; are we that desperate to feel good about ourselves that we need to fill our homes with nice/ improved things? The real question is, do these “things” add value to our home or life or are we just trying to look good for others?
What if someone invited me to their house for dinner and great conversation and didn’t have many furnishings at all? Would I love them less?
This led me to think about being humble. Humility is counter to our society and human nature, but the Bible is clear on the subject.
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” Phillipians 2:3 (NLT).
As Americans, we are consumers and tend to collect “stuff” to make our homes look nice. But what is the real value of it to anyone but us?
I learned this as I was going through my parent’s house after my father died. He liked to spend money on nice things and as I saw the very low price tags at the estate sale, it made me realize that our possessions don’t matter to anyone but us.
So next time I find myself tempted to buy another thing to fill my home with, I’m going to ask, “Do I really need this? Will it bring me joy? Could I spend my money on something else that will add value to my life and contribute to my memories?”