What do I need?
When I was in university, I did a lot of mindless shopping.
I worked a part-time job at that time, and because my earnings weren't significant, I thought to myself, "Why not just spend it all?".
Going to the mall and online shopping quickly became a hobby. (Which side-note: Let me just say, that is NOT a good hobby to have!).
Not only was I buying things I don't need, but I was buying something two to three times a week (if not more). I was setting up the perfect climate for a shopping addiction. And as it goes with addiction of any sort, it can be detrimental on one's life.
At a first glance, it might sound to someone that this was a coping mechanism I was using to deal with an emotional issue I was going through. And that is true to a certain extent. But when you take a second glance, suddenly the thought of 'greed' starts slipping in.
When we think about greed, we often think about money. But do we think about how we spend that money?
Sure, I was not making a lot of money as a student, but not for a second did I take a step back and think, "You know what, I have enough white blouses. Let me donate this $20 to charity or do with it something that will help the less fortunate."
Instead, I had this "me me me" and "I deserve it" mentality that led me to filling up my closet with items I ended up wearing probably only once or twice.
Over time, my closet had filled up more and more with clothes that no longer brought me the happy feeling I had experienced when cashing out, which ended up lasting for only about ten minutes. My closet was overflowing and looking back all those $20-30 purchases added up to so much more all together.
Sometimes, we think we don't have enough to give to others. But often if we allow ourselves to take a step back, we will see that that's not true.
Take a moment to reflect on how you spend your money. Is there anywhere you can make a small cut and use that money another way?
I know that each person has different financial situations, but with this, you truly don't have to think big, you can think small!
For example, it could be as simple as giving up your morning coffee for a week and donating that money towards something else. Or perhaps, instead of indulging in the purchase of a chocolate bar, putting that money towards a different cause. Eventually, all the little things truly add up.
If you are unable to do that due to financial demands, that's totally okay too. Sometimes, greed can be a part of how we spend our time and talents. Instead of using our physicality towards doing good for others, we only focus on ourselves.
There are many charities that desperately need volunteers. It could be for sorting clothes in the clothing banks, serving a warm meal at the soup kitchens, or spending time with the homeless at drop-in programs. Do some research and find what would work for you. But you can definitely give in this way too and make a huge impact!
I eventually ended up donating all the excess clothing I had and it felt like a heavy weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The guilt started to melt away and instead pushed me towards learning how to be a better steward of my money.
The Lord calls us to do good on earth and that can look different for each of us. But what is the most important is that we are constantly seeking for these opportunities to do His Holy Will for our lives.
With love and prayers, Kasia