Less Is More
Theme of the Week: Freedom from Stuff
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own." (Luke 12:15)
Dig Deeper: Luke 12:13-21
Recently I was exposed to my own world of accumulation when I embarked on a project to give things away. Namely, my goal was to rid my life of five items a day for six weeks. That amounted to 35 objects a week, a total of 210 items over the six-week experiment—which was prompted by reading Jen Hatmaker's book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.
I need to emphasize that this project was not an exercise in generosity. This was more a mission to de-clutter—a modest attempt to rid my life of some excess baggage.
Six weeks, a couple hundred items, and a few insights gleaned from the experience:
Like emerging from a healthy weight-loss program, I feel 210 items lighter. I feel freer. The reduction feels liberating. Ironically, I feel richer for owning less.
I will not miss any of the belongings I carried from my home. If a burglar had stealthily entered our house and swiped these objects, weeks would have passed before their absence was detected.
I wonder how many more weeks of effort could remove 35 items from my house every seven days and still not dip into those objects that I really enjoy, use, or truly need.
—Jeff Manion in Satisfied
My Response: What things in my house do I rarely or never use that might benefit others?
Thought to Apply: The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.—Mother Teresa (Albanian nun)
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.
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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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