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Think Carefully Before You Shop

Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit, and it is a virtue that is necessary during the Christmas season where the temptation to spend excessively is strong. Many people spend hundreds of dollars on gifts for themselves, family members and friends.


Many people spend frivolously on items that they do not necessarily need. The Financial Times states that approximately 30 million unwanted goods worth a total of 500 million pounds (USD750 million) will be returned to the stores.

Most of these gifts are returned on the Thursday after Christmas day. It is not clear why this time is chosen, but one can only assume that after the Christmas excitement is over people can think rationally and make a sensible decision.

People returned gifts because they are the wrong size, it is defective as in the case of electronic, or some people might prefer to get the money instead of the item. In my opinion purchasing gifts for people who are not in need is a waste of money. I also think that reckless spending is as a result of greed and envy.

You can control those two emotions with patience and kindness. According to the English dictionary, patience is the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness. Therefore, when you feel the urge to shop on the internet, or you find it hard to walk past a sale sign, take a deep breath and suppress these feelings.

Instead of buying gifts for each member of the family why not pool the money together and purchase something for someone who is in need or give them the money. You can then shop together as a family and buy the things that you want. You will gain more satisfaction, and it will strengthen your family relationship.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. (Psalms 37: 7-8)

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