Is there such a thing as too much choice?
One of the wonderful freedoms that so many of us enjoy is the concept of choice; what to wear, what to eat and where to go. However, one of the difficulties that can stop us in our tracks is too much choice!
Traditional advertising has been usurped by the internet which enables companies to bombard us 25 hours a day, 8 days a week endeavouring to convince us to buy this, that or the other in order to make our lives happier. Indeed, marketing experts speak about something called ‘Post Purchase Dissidence’ which is a state of anxiety wondering if we should have chosen something else, or that there might have been a better deal just around the corner.
Perhaps this plays on a tendency we have to compare ourselves with others and, if it’s not just me, we do tend to compare ‘upwards’ with those who have bigger houses, posher cars and seemingly shinier lifestyles rather than consider how well off we are compared to others far worse off than ourselves.
Maybe there is something in having to learn contentment because it does not come naturally. Could this be a time when we stop, take stock and thank God for the many blessings we enjoy. Rather than look to where the grass appears to be greener (but still needs cutting by the way), we might be moved with compassion to see how we can help others improve their situations.
I don’t know what you reckon, but it’s got to be worth a thought.
We are just ordinary people who believe and trust in an extraordinary God. You are welcome to join us each Sunday at 10.45am in ‘La Galeria’ Plaza 525 Los Alcazares (entry is through the Tipsy Thistle bar & restaurant)
Kind regards and every blessing
Pastor Andy Neale
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