Overcoming Materialism And Becoming A Good Steward

by Pam on March 29, 2010

I wouldn’t consider myself to be someone who is materialistic.  Most material things are not all that appealing to me.  In fact, for the most part I would say that I am a very contented person.  I don’t really enjoy shopping because I seldom want to buy anything.  It just has no attraction for me.  I am happy as long as I have enough food to eat, a place to live, and special people to share life with.

I used to be different.  When I was a lot younger I used to want to buy new clothing all the time.  I loved to buy sweaters, and whenever I got a chance I bought another one.  Foolishly I also used to want to buy the most expensive brand name clothing and shoes.  I think the main reason was because I wanted to fit in with everyone else, and it seemed to me that everyone else wore Nike shoes and Mondetta clothing. I also used to spend every last penny on junk food and renting movies.

But one day I realized that I had enough sweaters, and that I would eventually destroy my body if I kept eating so much junk food.  I realized that soon I would be an adult, and that I needed to save for university.  It wasn’t going to happen if I didn’t smarten up.  I was able to completely change my spending habits, and so can you.

If you are the type of person who has difficulty managing their money, you too can change.  The first step is to simply realize that what you are doing is irresponsible.  You have to admit that you have a problem and that you need to change.

It all boils down to your view on life. If you get value from material things then you will eventually find that your life will be pretty empty.  Material things will never really give you that fulfillment that you are looking for.  Being a good steward of your money is a much more fulfilling way to live life.  It’s not just about being frugal, but it’s about managing your money wisely so that you will have enough to not only support yourself, but also to help others in their time of need.  It’s about doing what you can with what you have.

If you want to live a full life without getting bogged down with materialism and bad debt due to overspending, be really honest with yourself, and focus on the things that matter the most to you.  If you dig deep enough, you will realize that material things aren’t really that important.  Once you’ve discovered this for yourself, you will find it much easier to control your spending and to only spend money on things that are necessary and useful.

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