Here's something I'm going to share in my sermon tomorrow morning. I can't say I'm living up to all of it, but hopefully I'm a work in progress. I'm calling it "One Christ-follower’s attempt to put the reins on unbridled consumption." Please comment with your thoughts or your list.
1. I do not believe I deserve something just because I can afford it.
2. I will not buy stuff just to make me feel better.
3. I will not teach my kids that they deserve the best of everything, or even the best I can afford.
4. I will not choose brand name products just so I can feel good about owning them or so I can display their corporate names and logos.
5. I choose to live below what I can afford so I can bless others and God’s kingdom.
6. I will not allow my spending to infringe on my tithing.
7. I resist the assumption that I should get to have all my wants and preferences fulfilled.
8. I desire to be wise and not wasteful in the items I buy, which doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive, but they must also be useful, practical, durable and environmentally sustainable.
9. I will postpone and save rather than buy on credit.
10. I will endeavor to learn if the companies, whose products I buy, treat their employees well and pay them fairly. And I am willing to pay more for that to happen or go without.