How many of us have seen the pizza commercials in between our favorite television episodes, only to pick up the phone and place an order?
Being easily influenced by the power of suggestion, through advertisements, promotions, or comments from other people, can be a sign that consumerism is consuming you.
The next time you’re tempted to buy anything through the power of suggestion, step away from the temptation and into the power of God’s Spirit to help you.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! - 1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV
Action Step: Acknowledge your tendency to purchase things based on the power of suggestion and walk away from the temptation.
10. You Are Miserable in Your Mess
Are you closets overflowing? Is your basement full of clutter? Do you feel miserable in your mess? If so, consumerism is likely consuming you.
The old saying, “a place for everything and everything in its place,” is actually a great mantra to live by. Each time you go to buy something, picture where it will live. If you can’t think of the perfect designated spot, don’t buy it.
Action Step: Designate 2 weeks to clear your house from unnecessary clutter. Find a place for every single thing you keep.
At the end of the day, it’s not worth letting consumerism consume you. By stopping this negative habit, and all of the unwanted consequences that follow, you’ll be stepping off the fast-track and onto solid ground. Don’t let consumerism consume you any longer. Instead, be consumed with a renewed sense of purpose in the Lord, and allow Him to conquer this issue in your life—once and for all.
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, Abide, and Christians Care International. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com where you can find her books and sign up for her weekly post, Discouragement Doesn’t Win. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.