- Materialism is an obsession with material things.
- Asceticism is the denial of the good gifts of the Creator.
- Pharisaism is binding ourselves and other people with rules.
Instead, we should stick to principles. The principle of simplicity is clear. Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, ‘We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.’
It recognizes that we are pilgrims.
It concentrates on what we “need”, and measures this by what we “use”. It rejoices in the good things of creation, but hates waste and greed and clutter. It knows how easily the seed of the Word is smothered by the ‘cares and riches of this life’.
It wants to be free of distractions, in order to love and serve God and others.
Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant-dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ-God’s righteousness. I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally… Philippians 3:8-11
Yes, by simplifying we get SO much more! This really isn’t that complicated people…
I’ve had it with STUFF! Back to simplicity… Chilly
Q: where could you start, right now, to simplify things? … will you?