When I first started blogging, my blog was called Unplugging the Stuff Machine and I wrote about living simply. Something has gone wrong since that time. We are in crisis mode right now because our house is filled with stuff that is not necessary, that we no longer find pleasing and that would probably bless someone else a WHOLE lot more than it blesses us. It’s time to get back to that living simply: food, time expenditure, creativity, living healthy–it all seems to flow from simplicity in the end.
For those of you in the area, we are having a garage/attic sale this Saturday. Come if you can. For our friends, we’re going to make great deals. If you’re looking for something particular, please let us know so we can be sure to seek it out for you. (We’ll probably already have it!)
What does God’s word say about simple living?
The prophets, priests, evangelists and Jesus are pretty clear:
* God is a God of abundance, not scarcity. (John 10:10)
* You don’t save yourself by the way you live, by what you have or keep, by how big you build your barn or how tall you stack your CD’s. (Luke 9:25)
* God isn’t exactly all that pleased with hoarding, selfishness or fear about dying. (Luke 12:32-34)
* Be satisfied with what God gives you. (1 Timothy 6:5b-10)
* The only question about “giving your life away” is “How will I do it?” (Matthew 16:24-25)
* The reason you have anything is to get God’s work done, not to make yourself into God. (1 Timothy 6: 17-19)
* The blessings around you? They’re given to you for redistribution. (Proverbs 19:17)
* Most of the important things in life are simple at their core. If you’ve been following along in the Bible, you already know what they are. (Philippians 4:8-9)
* For answers to questions, pray. (Isaiah 65:24)
* For courage, bind yourself to the community of believers around you. (Isaiah 43:1-3; John 17:15-19)