Without packages, boxes, or bags

It was in my email inbox, under the subject line “New Year, New You:”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to look back and say “20** was the year He made all things new”? With motivational books, exercise music, devotionals, daily Bibles, and God on your side you can. Get into shape spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially, and regain your health and vitality when you shop our New Year’s Store!

You cannot buy the new you. It won’t come in packages, a boxes or bags. It won’t come accompanied with a sales tag. YOu cannot accessorize yourself into greater spirituality or a better personality.
The first products listed are diet and exercise books, tapes, and music. There there’s a study guide for something called the ‘moment’ Bible (good grief).
I’m pretty sure that God needs none of these things to make all things new. I am reasonably certain that many of these things even interfere with the sort of renewal God has in mind for you.

The advertisement concluded:

Visit our New Year’s Store for more motivational tools to help you accomplish your New Year resolutions!

Develop your spiritual life with books available in our Christian Living and Devotional Stores.

I’ve fallen prey to this line of marketing before, not because of their evil, seductive, manipulative and slick appeals tricked my weak and lazy inner woman, but because I have a slothful inner woman who loves to be deceived that way in the first place.

The truth, the sad, humiliating truth is that while there are many things I want to be able to do, few of them are things I want to take the time to learn to do. I don’t want it to hurt, to require self-discipline, or take much time. I just want to be that new woman much as Cinderella was able to go to the ball. Playing the role of Cinderella in my personal fairy tale dream is yours truly. Playing the role of the Fairy Godmother would be my checkbook, or worse, a credit card.

You can’t buy a better spiritual life. You have to live it, pray it, study it, and you probably have everything you need at home already.

Ironically, the last line of books in my annoying little email said “Get out of debt and save money!” Good idea. Start by walking away from advertisements like this without spending a dime. Become a new you the old fashioned way.

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