From Job, chapter 31:
24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
25 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
I find this passage constantly more relevant as what was once a love of fashion blogs turns in to disgust. We as humans in a first world country are wayyyyy too materially focused. There is a time, place and purpose (read: I’m a fashion historian, after all), but I also know from personal experience how easy it is to substitute physical goods for “happiness”. Looking for happiness and quickly attaining it is very easy in this present day and age. True joy and contenment (a concept much greater than mere happiness) is only given by God… And only found in His word and through doing things for others.
Physical goods often necessitate self interest above that of others. I’ve been trying to remedy this by purging my closet of unwanted clothing and giving pieces to lovely friends who I know will love them. It’s extremely simple, but to me feels huge because for so long all I’ve been doing is buying things for ME. It’s time to give back. Knowing I’ve made someone happy with my unused clothing makes me feel so much less wasteful as well as gives me such a sense of gladness as I know I’m finally, actively doing what I’m supposed to be doing as a Christian and as commanded by God: loving my neighbor as myself.