I’m bearing the fruit of repentance from my overshopping


The word causes me to salivate, check for extra cash and jump in the car and go. I don’t care if it’s at a department store, yard sale, grocery store or a home improvement store; a sale is a sale.

When tomato plants went on sale, I grabbed a big one with two tomatoes already on the vine. There were a couple of flowers so I just knew this one was a winner. It was on sale and already producing. I forked over my $15 hopeful we’d be putting a fork to a fresh tomato.

After a month all we got was the two tomatoes already on the vine and one other grew from one of the many flowers…the rest not so much. That works out to be $5 a tomato. In the future that’s a sale I am skipping. The fellow on the corner has beautiful tomatoes for a whole lot less.

Deals might have become an obsession with me around 1981 when a certain clothing store came across my radar. Before that I really didn’t shop much, but boy oh boy, when I discovered I could take the extra cash I had been making and turn it into “buys” and “steals” and bags of take home bargains … I became hooked.

So, as the years have passed I have learned a few lessons, the hard way when the end of the month rolled around and my extra cash wasn’t sufficient for all the sales calling my name. I quickly learned “savings” at the cash register weren’t really putting any money into my bank account.

Wait a minute, did I just hear myself say I had learned a few lessons? Lessons must be put into practice and an addiction is hard to break even when you know how bad it is to be indulging. When there are so many sale circulars flooding the mailbox and those crazy “pop-ups” on my computer announcing the best deals of the century, what’s a girl to do?

That’ll preach. I’ve heard it said, “If you want to change, you have to make some changes.” Isn’t that the truth? I haven’t allowed myself to pick up a sales booklet or click on the “deal” and I have stayed completely away from my nemesis. My flower beds look better, my front door’s been stained and I have painted a couple of water color pictures.

I’m bearing fruit in keeping with my repentance. That’s right out of scripture, Matthew 3:8. But more than my “sale” issue, spiritually it’s just the same. Another one of my favorites on living a life of thankfulness for the grace we’ve been given and truly changing comes from the NIV version of the Bible. Apostle Paul said, “…and His grace to me was not without effect.” 1Cor 15:10.

Now, that’s something worth a sale, y’all.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.