A little while back a friend of mine invited me out to dinner at a nice restaurant. Now regardless of all the clothes I have hanging in not one but two closets I decided I wanted something new to wear. So while on a trip to the mall, I went from store to store looking at different things.
Then I happened upon a store my daughter likes and decided to take a quick spin. If nothing else I figured I could pick up a couple of Christmas presents for her. While there, I saw a really cute top in my size and figured it would be perfect for my dinner. So I purchased it along with a few Christmas presents for my daughter.
On the evening of the dinner, I did all of my routine preparations. However, when I put on the top it tore in two places. (Did I forget to mention the store it came from was relatively inexpensive?) I was mortified and stressed by now, because this unexpected occurrence would render me late. I began to tear through my closets, trying on one top after another. Finally I came across a black sweater I’d gotten from a moderately expensive boutique. It had been a bit pricey, but it had held up nicely over the years.
So why am I telling you all of this?
Oftentimes we introduce new things or people into our lives not really realizing what we already had is of so much more value. Like that cheap top, we soon find out the new people or things we’ve brought in are of poor quality also. And if we take another look at something or someone who’s been there through the good and the bad we may just be able to remember the awesome qualities they possess and why we chose them in the first place.
This also makes me think about God and the fact that He doesn’t go out seeking someone better than us just for novelty sake. The novelty in any situation soon wears away and then you get to see what you are really left with. The fact that God doesn’t trade us in for a newer model is a blessing. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Along your dash you will be tested in the matter of your satisfaction and contentment. Realizing the tried, true and trusted in your life will definitely suit you better than always running after the newest thing . . . especially when that new thing is cheaper than what you already have.
God gives us free will to make decisions as we maneuver through the earth. But even with that free will we should always strive to seek after those things that are of good quality; things that will last and represent us in a positive way. We all have some expensive sweaters in our lives, figuratively speaking. Take inventory on those things that are truly good and consistent in your life, and determine your willingness give them up for the something cheaper and less durable.