Spiritual Practice


Robin Gericke & Kate Underwood

At the end of the year, my family reviewed the money we had spent. Tracking every dollar, we found that I spent more on clothing than all the rest of my family put together. I saw the consequences of my spending habits every time I opened my closet doors. Dresses I had worn only once and skirts I had intended to hem but never did overflowed from racks, drawers, and boxes.

Are you greedy for clothes, shoes, accessories? Then check out 1 Peter 3:3–4.

Why was I never satisfied? Why did I always need just one more thing to make my wardrobe complete? I could not pinpoint the answer, but I knew that it was rooted in insecurity.

To overcome my greed, I am trying to follow 1 Peter 3:3–4 and learning that inner beauty is precious to God. However you spend your money, know that nothing but God can fill the emptiness in your heart.

—Robin Gericke, 17


REFLECT: I tend to want too much of a good thing. I bake cookies; but instead of savoring one or two, I scarf down eight. I love new clothes; but after the shiny new glow of an outfit has worn off, I want something else. I never feel that I have enough. Instead, I want to be greedy for more of God, constantly seeking to know God more deeply and to see God work powerfully in my life. Do you want more of God? Don’t be afraid to ask.

—Kate Underwood

—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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