When we were growing up my mom and sisters were great seamstresses. They also enjoyed various kinds of similar projects such as quilting and knitting. Well all those arts that require a needle look about the same to me. Their projects seemed to accumulate faster than they could finish them, so it seemed like there were always boxes of fabric, yarn, and patterns.
When my brother got married he told his wife that he’d be happy to purchase whatever craft and sewing projects she wanted. There was just one stipulation. He told her she had to finish one project before buying anything else!
My husband has become a collector of books. He loves to go to the Christian bookstore and stock up on all of their great sales. We have books on shelves, in boxes, in closets, stacked under the beds. And yet still he was wanting to go to the Christian bookstore every time there was a sale. One day I thought about my brother’s stipulation to his wife’s sewing projects and told him about it. “Honey,” I said, “I think you should be able to buy all the books you are going to read. How about from now on you can only buy a book for everyone you’ve read that you already have!” To my huge surprise he told me that was a great idea and that he was going to do it!
Jason threw himself into the thickest book on the shelf. I laughed thinking that he’d never buy another book, but actually he has made great progress through it so he may buy another book yet. Still, he likes to go to the Christian bookstore and check out the sales. He’s been true to his word though. Now he comes home with a few new nonfiction DVDs and audio books each time!