Let’s face it. Life in 21st century Canada is overwhelming. We’re moving much too quickly to even recognize that we’re moving much too quickly. Advertisements bombard us with the “need” to acquire more stuff (which apparently will make us happy).
The Bible is pretty clear that we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). The choice is clear…is it God…or is it “stuff’? Materialism chokes the life out of us, leaving us always looking for the next new shiny thing to satisfy our craving for transcendence.
So, we either use things and love people….or it’s the other way round.
How do we make headway in the uphill battle against materialism?
Here are a few tips on practicing simplicity, courtesy of Richard Foster, who has written much on the topic of spiritual disciplines.
Buy things for their usefulness, not their status
Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you
Develop a habit of giving things away. De-accumulate.
Don’t believe the hype.
Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
Develop a deeper appreciation for creation.
Reject anything that will breed the oppression of others.
Shun whatever would distract you from your main goal.
Can you relate to this challenge? What helps you to keep life simple and focused on following Jesus?