Don’t listen

“In 2016, the average person bought 60 percent more items of clothing and kept them for about half as long as 15 years prior..”

broken zipper on suitcaseThat quote is from a magazine/catalog published by a high-end outdoor clothing company. Ironically, after reading that article, I read further and actually pondered buying a new recycled-fabric soft-sided suitcase. The old one I’ve been using has a broken zipper pull, and the fabric’s wearing thin.

It’s hard to not listen to the voices that tell us to buy something new – because after we get that thing, we’ll feel so much better… right? Our culture says the way to happiness is buying new stuff.

Paul talked about not listening to the voices of the culture that surrounds us in Romans 12: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

The magazine did not go the direction Paul did after asking us to not be conformed to the world. He added, “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I emphasized that word – “pleasing.” When we find God’s will for our lives, it’s pleasing to him, but it’s also pleasing to us.


(I decide to keep the old suitcase. Mostly I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on a new one!)


Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday of each month.