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Between Two Rooms
Theme of the Week: Freedom from Stuff
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Don't be obsessed with getting more material things. … Since God assured us, "I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you." (Hebrews 13:5, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

Many years ago, while attending a conference in another state, I rented a car and drove to a retirement home to visit my aged grandmother. Because of her advanced years, her hearing and sight were almost entirely gone. Her homey room contained a bed, a chair, and maybe a TV but little else. With her life restricted by the effects of old age and poor health, all she needed now could be contained in a single, uncluttered room with a couple of furniture pieces.

The visit jolted me. I thought of how parents come home from the hospital and place their precious newborn in a simple nursery with a crib and a rocker. And now here I was, visiting a loved one on the other end of the journey whose material accoutrements amounted to a bed and a rocker in a retirement home room. As I climbed into the car, I was hit by a question: How much stuff is it really necessary to accumulate between these two rooms? How much do we need to have to feel as if we [have] enough? To feel full? To say "I'm satisfied now"? [Considering] the realities marking our beginning and end, I judge that the amount of junk we surround ourselves with is insane.

—Jeff Manion in Satisfied

My Response: I will take time to reflect on what I really do need "between these two rooms."

Thought to Apply: The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.—Lucretius (Roman poet, philosopher)

Adapted from Satisfied by Jeff Manion (Zondervan, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, keep me from getting caught up in a consumer mentality, collecting stuff for stuff's sake. Help me to spend less on myself and my wants so that I might have more to give to others.

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