Less is Sometimes More: Simplicity
In Luke 12:15, Jesus warns, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” If you are looking to be more vigilant in your efforts to reduce greed and materialism, especially during this high consumption season of the year, then adopting the discipline of simplicity can help.
Explore where you might downsize. Prayerfully consider where less time commitments, less expenses, a smaller mortgage or car payment might bring more freedom from stress, reduction of hurry, resistance to debt, time for family, and greater space to seek first the kingdom.
Spend a little time reflecting before purchasing. Ask some simple questions. Can I afford this? Do I need this? Do I have room for this? Is newer necessary? Is bigger really better? Is this purchase about fitting in? Does my desire come from envy? Is this feeding materialism in me or my kids? Will this purchase prevent me from being generous to others?
Instead of storing it, share it. Loosen your grip on your stuff. Share it. Clean out to give away, and not just the unwanted and worn out. When possible, get the kids in on the act of giving things away. Help them learn simplicity and generosity. If you can afford it, when you resell stuff at a garage sale or Rhea Lana or online, don’t use the money to buy more stuff. Use the money to share more, to invest in people
Commit to learn contentment. Paul says in Phil. 4:11 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Contentment can be learned. The more we recognize, celebrate, and appreciate what we have, the more peace and joy we find. The secret, Paul reveals, is an endless reliance on the strength of Jesus.