Last week, I walked into Dillards and my jaw dropped. There before me was THE wool swing coat that I have been seeing in my mind for the last few years. As I would grab my old heavy wool coat out of the closet, I would notice some of the pilling. The buttons have fallen off in a few places–I just cut off the corresponding ones so you wouldn’t know they were supposed to be there in the first place. I adore the shape of my coat and have been searching for years for a true replacement. I hadn’t found one until my Dillards run last week to grab a new pair of spanx–not fitting into my clothes is a whole ‘nother topic…
Anyway, I made a beeline to the coat and picked up the pricetag. Eeek. Double Eeek. Eeeek, Eeeek and Eeeek. This one was going to require a little bit of creative budgeting and perhaps waiting a bit until my free money account grew.
That was great until Facebook showed me a new Zulilly dress. It was perfect for my daughter. I bought it and then they showed me some other suggestions. They were CHEAP! Seriously cheap. I found myself clicking on 9.99, 18.99 and 16.99 items right and left. Now, you can’t return the items if they don’t work, but they are CHEAP. I even added some things for myself, because, well, they were cheap. When I was about to checkout it hit me that my total exceeded the price of the coat I have been drooling over.
Good. Better. Best.
Do you ever feel like you are living a Zulilly life? Opportunities are cheap or time limited–why, oh why, Zulilly must you show me how few or left or how little time I have to make a decision? It plays on our FOMO–the fear of missing out. Things “pop up” in our life–from a particularly fun cat video to a great group chat to some “breaking news” that we have to follow. We start to follow all of the “good.”
Carole Mayhall of the Christian discipleship organization, The Navigators, once said “Daily I live with [one] fear — a healthy fear — that I will miss something God has for me in this life. And it is mind-expanding to contemplate all that He wants me to have. I don’t want to be robbed of even one of God’s riches by not taking time to let Him invade my life. By not listening to what He is telling me. By allowing the routine, pressing matters of my minutes to bankrupt me of time for the most exciting, most fulfilling relationship in life.”
Matthew 3:12 talks about separating the wheat from the chaff. The chaff is the inedible hull (or husk) that surrounds a grain such as wheat, barley or oats. On the threshing floor they would crush the hull to release the needed grain. Then, they would use a winnowing fork to gather the desired grain and leave the chaff. Sometimes I think I just go into the threshing house and roll around in it all. There is nothing to separate the good, better or best in my life because of FOMO.
Carole Mayhall’s words touched my heart. None of us should be robbed of God’s riches.
I now start my day with a simple prayer: Lord, please direct my footsteps today. Guide me on your path and place blinders upon my eyes so I will stay focused on You and Your goodness. I come against the distractions of Satan and this world, in the name of Jesus. I come against the fear of missing out. Lord, fill my day with Your apples of gold in settings of silver (Prov 25:11). You are the One I crave. Thank you for this being a day that we share together, for there is none I love more than You. Amen.
Wow. Don’t you feel so good? If you will please excuse me, I need to go and readjust my “good” Zulilly cart…I’m going to wait for the “Best.”
What about you? Do you need to remove something from your “cart?”