Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Simplicity Continued

We are looking at simplicity during this season of Advent. Richard Foster's book "Celebration of Discipline" has a wonderful section on simplicity. Here are some of his outward expressions of simplicity. By the way - this book was written in 1978 but he seems to capture our current culture with great insight.

        David enjoying a simple moment

        1. Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.
        2. Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.
        3. Develop a habit of of deaccumulating. (Exhibit A: Have you ever watched the show Clean House before?)
        4. Enjoy things without owning them.
        5. Develop a deeper appreciation for God's creation.
        6. Look with a healthy skepticism for "buy now, pay later" transactions.
        7. Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God.

        He begins his chapter on simplicity with the following:

        Simplicity is freedom. Duplicity is bondage. Simplicity brings joy and balance. Duplicity brings anxiety and fear.

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