Window Shopping

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5

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photo credit: chuckp via photopin cc

One pass-time that I have never quite enjoyed is window shopping.  The premise of window shopping is basically to go into a place with things that I cannot afford to purchase, and dream and drool over them, hoping one day I will be able to own them.  It always seemed to me to be an exercise in frustration and futility; in short, a waste of time.  The above scripture reminds me to be content, and not be envious of things that others have.  The whole experience of window shopping is in direct opposition to this scripture.  

Yet, how many times a day do I window shop my health?  I look around at the seemingly healthy people around me and long for even a piece of their “normal” lives.  I spend hours dreaming of the things I would do once again if my abilities were returned, even for just a day.  So many times, I allow frustration and envy to grow in my heart as I am snapped back to the reality of my life. 

Thank God that his Word tells me not only what to avoid, but how to combat these feelings.  The scripture tells me in the last part of the verse, For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  Christ has guaranteed that He will be with me!!  Wow!  Through my health window shopping, I am basically telling Him that HE is not enough.  When looked at from this angle, I am rocked back on my heels!  Christ will always be enough… more than enough… and He has promised not to leave or forsake me, meaning that he will meet all of my needs. 


Lord, help me to curb my habit of window shopping, and rely completely on You to meet all of my needs.  Thank you for keeping all of your promises all of the time.  Please help me to be content.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen…


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