When a Good Thing Goes Bad.

I’m an organized person. I even have organizing business.  I’m an energetic and passionate person.  When I find something I like to do or that works for me, I dive right in. But there’s a reason why I have to be cautious with things like Pinterest and Couponing for example.  Tonight I opened an email from Pinterest and found a great idea for organizing games using Baby Wipe containers:

Great idea!  So off I go to the game closet. The game that I want to organize is missing pieces so I must sort through the closet to find the pieces. Since I’m doing that I might as well organize the games:


And while I’m sorting and organizing a few shelves I might as well organize them all!


And since it looks so nice I should get my camera and take a picture of it.  But as I’m taking a picture I realize I’ve done “it” again and so I should probably blog about it!  Does this sound like a famous children’s book series you might have read?  If you give a Moose a Muffin perhaps?

For a season I set out on a path to become an Extreme Couponer.  I spent hours organizing the sales and the coupons.  I spent hours in the store shopping the deals and more time on top of that organizing the items at home.  At one point I felt a little tug on my heart telling me that this was not the way for me.  I ignored the voice and pressed forward. I started to get exhausted with the whole process but the thrill of the bargains when I found them kept me going.  But each time I sat down at the computer I felt that sinking feeling again, “this is not for you.” I recognized it as God speaking to me. “Why God!? This is a GOOD thing. This is saving my family money!”  I knew that it was robbing my family of my time and adding frustration in my family when I was on edge at the store or when I was clipping my coupons and the kids would run in and want to “help.”

I finally decided to listen to the voice and give it up. At first it was really hard to do. I felt like I was missing out.  But then I felt relieved at not having to do the whole couponing process.  I’m not saying coupons aren’t good, of course they can be.  But I take things to the extreme. It’s hard for me to do anything just a little.

1 Cor. 10:23 says “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” What may be good for one is not good for another.   Sometimes God says no for good and sometimes it’s just for a season. God cares for me and wants what’s best for me. I have to keep that in mind when I hear a “no” from my Dad.

A good thing can be the enemy of a Good thing.  It’s vital to pray for the discernment to know which is which.


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