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Falling In "Lust" With A New Car

25 July 2016 Written by 

My Facebook feed recently had an ad for a new car. I stopped and opened the ad. I examined the features, the colors, the price – and I began to dream of myself in that car. Arriving at the home of our friends I discovered that this EXACT car was sitting in their garage.

My friend had just purchased it three months ago. I immediately fell into “lust” with this car. I think there were stars in my eyes.

They said, “Take it for a spin,” which I happily did. My stars got bigger. Yep, it was exactly what I wanted. For the whole evening I could not stop talking about that car. Every time I brought it up, my husband just laughed.

As I took my spiritual inventory before sleep that night, I knew that I had fallen in “lust” with this machine. I reminded myself that nothing external could ever bring me happiness, because happiness is an inside job. I also knew that asking for this car  would put undue pressure on my husband who just retired.

And so, with a sigh of relief, I made a commitment to God and to myself never to bring the car up in conversation again. It was time to let go and create time and space to be in awe of things that really matter. So in peace, I let it go.

Content Originally Published By: Amy T. @ Blogspot

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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