I remember the first time I saw oniomania in print. My eyes read the word as onion-mania, and my brain processed it as a strong desire related to onions.
My confusion was the result of the God-designed partnership that exists between the eyes and brain in which they work together to interpret conflicting signals from the outside world. Even though it may not be reality, we see whatever our brains think we should.
Because the brain processes an immense amount of information as fast as it can, it uses any available shortcuts. According to Stuart Anstis, a vision researcher, the brain has “to find a minimum hypothesis to cover a maximum amount of data.”
When my eyes saw the onio prefix of oniomania, my brain took the shortcut of associating onio with onion. This is the difference between perception and reality or feelings and facts.
Oniomania is an uncontrollable desire to purchase things, and during the gardening season it could influence your seed purchases. What about onionmania? Is it an uncontrollable desire to eat, smell, use, or plant onions?
Are you an oniomaniac? Are you controlled by an overwhelming desire to purchase the goods of this world and fail to invest in the world to come? This was the mistake that was made by the fool who built on the shifting sand instead of the solid rock:
Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed! ~Matthew 67:24-29
What is it that compels you and drives you during this season of your life? Is it the need to fit in with the world and your group of peers, or to be fit for the world to come and to please the peerless—Jesus Christ?