Why Do I Want?

15May10

Why do I want so many things? I have a list, and it’s a lot of stuff. The amount of stuff that I want to buy totals up to be a lot of money… and I’m not talking about a deep list, I’m talking about just the stuff I realistically want to buy today!

  • Canon T2i w/ some lenses – $1300+
  • Pimped out iMac – $1850
  • iPad – $500
  • New phone, HTC EVO4g  – $199 (plus a two year contract of course)
  • Lots of new furniture – $1000+

Granted, a few of those items I could actually justify purchasing based on the amount of freelance work I’m currently working on, namely the iMac, which of course happens to be the most costly item on the list… Looking at this on the surface level, one would think, “Of course you want all those things. Those things are nice! In fact, there’s an even better cameras you buy and a better version of the iPad you could want.” But when I think about all those things that I want and I look at it on a deeper level I see the potential for a very bad thing in myself, that if it gets out of hand, can lead to problems.

Usually it’s easier to spot materialism first when looking at someone other than yourself.  For example, when I hear Mandy talk about how she needs more clothes, I’m quick to point out that she already has a closet full perfectly fine clothing that at some point, she thought was good enough to purchase.  It’s easy when listening to people talk about needing the nicer accommodations of life for me to think of our children that we sponsor through Compassion International.  I think to myself, “Would Addis or Samuel not be satisfied until they had more of this or that?” I’m quick to tell Mandy that Addis doesn’t need a coat or a bag to go with different shoes or seasons, however in my own life I am very quick to justify why it’s okay for me to buy the things I want.

Yes… it is natural for me to want the nicest camera with all the best lenses at my disposal. It would be great to have the slickest computer and an iPad to go along with me when a desktop computer can’t be at my side… and just in case my iPad or laptop isn’t portable enough, I need my smartphone so that I can access the internet at just about any place at any time.

Though having wants is not necessarily a bad thing, I think that it’s a good practice to keep watch over your desires for possessions and think on verses like these:

Luke 12:15 – Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

Romans 12:12 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Timothy 6:9 – But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

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