“One study found that the longer you hold something [in a store], the greater your desire to own it—and the more willing to pay for it. Even worse--those possessive feelings kick in after a mere 30 seconds of holding the item.”*
It's important to evaluate our shopping patterns, especially if we tend to overspend.
But the principle of touching/holding something applies to more than just our shopping sins. That’s why 2 Corinthians 6:17 says:
"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
God knows that “touching” sins with our hearts or hands, draws us away from Biblical values and encourages us to compromise. It may be spending money we don’t have, eating that extra brownie, entertaining ourselves with immoral books or TV, or wasting time when we should be fulfilling a responsibility.
Let’s learn to pray before we “touch.”
*"Great Ways to Save Right Now," Page 194, Woman’s Day, November 2012 issue
This devotion from last year talks about one of the sweetest gift I ever received: The Sweetest Gift.