“Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” Luke 12:15
Growing up my mom would shoot me “the look” if I said I hated something, but I’m going to do it anyway….I hate moving. Revelations 3:16 states that God hates lukewarm Christians so much that it makes Him want to vomit. Moving does the same thing to me. Just thinking of all the work that goes into moving makes my stomach churn like I’m making butter. My wife and I are in the middle of moving and in all honesty…it is the worst. I’m excited to finally have a fenced in backyard that our dogs can play in. I’m excited to have a back porch to cookout and entertain guests. But I absolutely hate the whole process of us (keep in mind my wife just entered the 3rd Trimester…so mostly me) getting all of our stuff from “Point A” to “Point B.”
I’ve always heard the saying “Less is More” and so as I stare at the piles of stuff that cover our living room floor I want to throw it all away. I knew I would have some spare time the other day when I went to the doctor’s office so I brought along a great book I was required to read in college called “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster. Get it! It’s great! Because we were in the middle of moving and I wanted to come up with a plan to convince my wife to throw away a bunch of the stuff that “someday I will use when I make the scrapbook” I turned toward the section on simplicity. Below are the 10 points that Foster states are the keys to simplicity. Check the book out! It is great stuff!
- Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.
- Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.
- Develop a habit of giving things away.
- Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry.
- Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
- Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation.
- Look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes.
- Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech.
- Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others.
- Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God.
It makes me sick to think about all the times as a kid I begged my parents for a toy that I screamed I had to have or I wouldn’t be able to live, but a few months after getting the toy it was shoved under my bed never to be played with again. As an adult we do the same thing, but our toys are a lot more expensive. We HAVE to have the iPad2 because our iPad is now outdated. We HAVE to have a bigger TV because our TV is no longer the biggest or lightest on the market. We HAVE to have a new car because they came out with a shinier color. The next thing we know we’re staring at a mountain of junk that we don’t really need and will never use again.