As you may remember, my Word of The Year for 2017 is simple. This year I’ve been trying to simplify my life as much as possible, especially when it comes to my spending habits. My rule has been, if I don’t absolutely need it, I’m not buying it. I’ve been very good at keeping this rule, though I’ve had a couple of slip ups from time to time. Growing up, we didn’t really keep the tradition of having presents for Christmas. The only thing I remember is that I always got a new dress or outfit for Christmas.
Since we weren’t too keen on Christmas presents, I’ve never really been one to go crazy shopping for gifts during the holidays. However, since I am now responsible for buying my own clothes, I’m finding myself getting tempted to buy things that I don’t need. And all these great Christmas Deals are not helping. Like there’s this pair of boots I saw today… I had to learn to say “no” to myself like you would a child throwing a tantrum at the store.
I’ve realized that keeping things simple, is not really that simple. I’ll probably face more instances in my life when I ‘ll need to say “no” to myself. And I’m guessing the challenges will continue to get tougher. I just hope that I will not get complacent after the year ends and I have a new word of the year.
1 Corinthians 10:13 Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.