I HATE to spend money! Seriously….it makes my stomach hurt. I would rather clean the house than go shopping. As a result, I have a crazy obsession with finding a deal on everything I buy! “Full price,” are two words not in my vocabulary! I clip coupons, dig around in cyberspace for the latest deal, and work hard to buy what we need for the least amount of money.
I have learned that there are some things, not many, that I just can’t skimp on. Running shoes are at the top of that list. When I woke up with aching feet the other day I knew it was time to go shopping! My husband reminded me as I paced up and down the aisles at Academy that I needed to buy the shoes that would support my feet and not too worry too much about the price tag. (Easy for him to say…..) I tried on a few pair when out of the corner of my eye I saw it. A clearance sticker! VICTORY!
I opened the box to check out the treasure. What was inside? The ugliest pair of shoes that I have ever seen! They were lime green with this funky web looking overlay. No wonder they were marked down 60%! Regardless, I tried them on. They were super comfortable! I pulled out my phone and surfed around on the web for some reviews. It was my lucky day because the reviews on them were great! With my husband laughing I took them off and proudly placed them in the basket. They may not be pretty but they will serve their purpose!
As I laced them up and tested them out on the treadmill, I began to ponder my hunger for wheeling and dealing. I know that there is a lot of good in this quirky characteristic, but it hit me that it isn’t all good! If I am really honest with myself this is something that seeps into many different areas of my life. I have a tendency to want to squeeze as much as possible out of everything. I really do not like to run, I do it because it burns the most calories for the least amount of time invested. I get on to my kids because they are wasting time looking at the clouds while I am in a hurry to get going. When I am reading a book I catch myself skimming to get to the point. What is the result of all of this? I miss out! I don’t always experience things to the fullest because I am more concerned about getting more for less!
As I ran my final mile to nowhere, I began to wonder if I do this in my relationship with Christ. When I sit down to read my bible, do I really soak it all in or am I trying to check something off of my list? When I worship do I allow myself to let go, or do I focus more on organizing the rest of my day? I may be able to maximize and stretch my dollars, but this doesn’t work when it comes to a deep intimate relationship with my creator. Less is NOT more. I get out of the relationship what I am willing to put into it. If I am trying to skimp I am going to miss out on the greatest blessing life has to offer. I have to take the time to slow down and make an investment every single day! It may cost me a lot of time and energy, but I think it will be worth it!