Who wouldn’t want their home, vehicles, and recreational toys paid for, in this day and age? We thank God, all of ours are.
Who can afford the luxury of a hunting and fishing license? My husband, his hunting and fishing provides food for our table year around.
What about health care? The cost of medical, if you’re blessed enough to have insurance, is almost impossible to pay for. We take alternative routes to care for our health so we don’t have to depend on traditional medicine or health care insurance, even though we do have insurance in case of an emergency situation.
What about nutritional supplements to care for your health? On our simple budget we can’t waste our money flushing vitamins down the toilet. We want full absorption and Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils offer just that. We know that our bodies are getting the maximum benefits needed to keep us healthy.
It’s simple living
We have to change our personal finances by re-thinking our faith values and financial expectations and by investing our money so it helps, rather than harms.
Most important, we need to let the Spirit re-create us into more loving, accepting, and responsible people, who “live simply so others might simply live.”
Living a way that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich! Simplicity
Simplicity means choosing our path through life consciously, deliberately, and of our own accord. As a path that emphasizes freedom (because Christ came to set us free), a choiceful simplicity means staying focused, diving deep, and not being distracted by the consumer culture.
Simplicity means there is a rapidly growing market for healthy and sustainable products and services of all kinds ~ from home-building materials and energy systems to foods.
Simplicity means to feel a sense of kinship with others that “choose to live simply so that others may simply live.” Others recognize us by our deeds of love for one another. The Bible says, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Simplicity means to choose ways of living that touch the earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological footprint. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15) We are to care for and guard God’s creation as responsible stewards.
Simplicity means that the way we live our lives represents a work of unfolding artistry. God’s Word says, We are the clay and You our Potter, and all are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8) Gandhi said, “My life is my message“.
Simplicity means that, by cutting back on spending that is not truly serving our lives, and by practicing skillful management of our personal finances, we can achieve greater financial independence. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good and let your soul delight itself in abundance. (Isaiah 55:2)
Simplicity means to celebrate the experience of living through the miracle of the earth’s seasons. To everything there is a season, a time for purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3)
Simplicity means taking charge of a life that is too busy, too stressed, and too fragmented. An uncluttered simplicity means cutting back on trivial distractions, both material and non-material, and focusing on the essentials ~ whatever those may be for each of our unique lives.
In the Bible a lady named Martha was worried and troubled, anxiety-ridden over many things. Jesus said, one thing is needed, and Mary, Martha’s sister, chose that good part, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)
There are so many folks hurting. Lost jobs, loss of medical benefits, lost homes, lost savings and lost faith. There is hope. What Good News that is!!
Good news because it brings genuine freedom, joy, and fulfillment:
Freedom from having to live as prisoners of the consumer culture and its multinational corporations and marketing executives.
Joy in finding ourselves and discovering what we can really accomplish.
Fulfillment in using our lives to make a real difference for God’s people.
A simple life is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, commitment and willingness to take risks than to go along for the ride with the consumer culture.
How We Can Live Simply, Without Just Simply Living
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Simple living is the radical idea of organizing our lives around Jesus’ mandate to love each other and applying it to everything we do each day. We will have to re-order our priorities based on a few simple principles:
Make a realistic assessment of our daily living values, do they line up with what the Word of God teaches about how we should value money, things, position, our families, and other people. Obviously we should be valuing people and their needs far above having a large salary, lots of stuff, or a ‘convenient’ life. This is much easier said than done for most of us.
Once we have shifted from “our” values to Jesus’ we can begin to live more simply by buying less of what we want and buy only enough of what we “need.”
Not fulfilling our egos by wasting the world’s resources on ever-trendier, bigger, faster, or more convenience, convenient appliances, gadgets, and other possessions.
Use environmentally, economically, and socially conscious values when buying things we actually do need, including large items (homes and cars), and smaller things (detergent and paper).
Recycle every thing you can, because in God’s economy, there is no garbage, everything is valuable.
Replace our more destructive habits with healthier, more mindful practices.
Loving and caring for others rather than manipulating the world, its people and resources, so we can have an easier life. That is what the Gospel and simple life is truly all about.
Without a strong spiritual life our simple living efforts are likely to be no more effective or long lasting than secular environmental, social justice, and simplicity programs.
Be happy with where you are and then build from there. Enjoy every moment in the journey.
Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live
God bless you,