When I first heard about it, I thought, that’s so dumb! I mean, really, how lazy can people be? The “it” I refer to is the grocery pick up service offered by the company with headquarters in Bentonville, AR.
My initial reaction was that if you were too busy to shop for your family, maybe you’re just too busy. We all have things to do, places to go, people to see...so maybe we need to cut some stuff out of our “busy, hectic schedules.”
But then Monica and I decided to give it a try. I bought a gift card from the merchant and we filled our cart...only to find out that this particular arm of this large retailer doesn’t take their own gift cards! You had to pay with a credit or debit card.
The next week, we really didn’t feel like going to the grocery store...so we gave them another chance. And you know what? I kind of liked it.
All I had to do is check in on the app before leaving, pull into one of the specially designated parking spaces, and they brought my groceries out, loaded them in the car and wished me a good day.
And the best part is that grocery shopping has been less expensive the past two weeks: a lot less expensive. When you order online, you work your way through the departments and select what you need and nothing else...no impulse buying means a lower grocery bill.
Admittedly, there are some drawbacks (they take your order literally, not like you meant it for one - i.e. “one” banana is not one bunch of bananas, but a single banana). But overall, with a college student coming home in a few weeks, I think it is just a great way to shop for groceries.
So why am I telling you this? Is it an advertisement for the retailer whose name I’ve not mentioned? Uh, no.
Impulse purchases at the grocery store make your bill higher. Impulse purchases in your spiritual life endanger your soul.
What I mean is that sometimes we want things the way we want them, no matter what God says about the thing that we want.
So we decide to “purchase” an idea presented and promoted by man instead of sticking to our “list” (i.e. the Bible and what God wants). We enjoy it...we don’t see anything wrong with it...we even feel God will accept it, despite His instructions to do something different...after all, “everyone” else is doing it the different way.
When it comes to offering “…our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God…” (Romans 12:1), we need to “stick to the list.” We need to see what God wants and what He doesn’t want and not let our own impulses determine what we give to God.