In our Family Home Evenings we use a word of the week to teach a gospel principle. First was adversity, then citizenship, and this week we did the word "covet". So far "covet" has been the most popular topic.
I started by telling the story of King Ahab coveting the vineyard of Naboth. I told it Horrible Histories style so they enjoyed the story. Then we talked about coveting. I realized that I was learning just as much as they were.
I have been guilty of coveting. I was warned in my patriarchal blessing about getting caught up into fashion. I love fashion and can spend hours reading and shopping for the finest and most interesting clothing. Going to an area where women wear the latest fashions and I have on an outfit two years behind can ruin my day with my family. What a waste! Even my daughter fussed at me for wanting to buy a $100 shirt. (It was on sale!) I catch myself coveting the latest fashions I see on magazine covers. I want to see that $300 price tag hanging off of a shirt that I buy.
The Scriptures specifically warn about caring too much for fine clothing. For myself, that form of coveting leads to spiritual apathy. I can use my time for better things.
It has been two days and the kids still talk about coveting but we adults learned more. I will remember this lesson when trying to buy a home. I am coveting a home on McClain when a modest home in Woodbridge would be fine!