It all started when I decided to quiz my face book friends on rather or not I should buy a scented candle. Oh, I’ve bought scented candles before, some from Walmart, cheap ones, some from Hallmark stores, more expensive, but I have never really found any of them to “smell up “my kitchen like I wished they would. One day I was reading a book in which Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom candle was mentioned as being fantastic, in fact, so good that
many of them were burned at Princess Diana’s wedding. Well, I thought, if this candle can scent-up a cathedral then it surely could my kitchen. There is only one problem it costs $65.00. (By the way, I have no connection with this company.)
Inside myself an internal debate started and still continues. (I haven’t purchased the candle, not yet.) Why? Well, unrest remains in my “thinking cap” as I remember some of the comments by my fellow face book friends. Some thought it was a waste of money, some said just a rip-off, others laid on the guilt trip about what worthwhile things could be done with that money. Still others thought I should go for it, that it would be a nice treat for me.
I’ve never been the type of person who believes in ” only the best for me.” Well, anyway, I looked up Jo Malone and learned that she started her famous fragrance brands business in London, in the Nineties. She then sold it to Estee Lauder before creating a second line “Jo Loves.” As a child she would make her own perfumes with flowers from the garden and grated Camay soap. Now her name has become synonymous with luxury and indulgence.
It’s that word “indulgence” that catches my eye and I believe it’s what face book friends were trying to relay to me through their comments. As my internal debate continues the
word indulgence adds fire to it. It means not able to resist whims and desires, enjoying something or getting pleasure from it and here’s a definition for many of us, giving in to pleasurable things, like rich desserts. If burning a rather expensive candle is an indulgence, try this on for size, “Chocolate Bath Melts.” No I’m not kidding you, drop these chocolate melts into the bath water and your skin becomes “soft, detoxified and smelling terrific.” I’ve only read about them and their claim that they are good for your thighs. Are you still with me? O.K., let’s go on.
Isn’t it over-indulgence we should avoid? As an example, let’s take food. When we give in to a desire to eat something that just plain tastes good and can eat it in a moment without guilt attached, we have experienced a taste of indulgence.On the other hand, when we give in to the desire to gorge ourselves on everything in sight, that’s overindulgence. So how do we avoid this? Checking out our life’s handbook we find that the Apostle Paul tells the Galatians that this is accomplished by walking with the Spirit.(Galatians 5:16). Then we won’t gratify the desires of the flesh. I’ll leave you to decide into which category the Orange Blossom Candle falls, as my internal debate carries on.