Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Practicing Simplicity

This holiday season, when advertisers and the commercialism of Christmas sometimes take priority, it behoves us to take some time to practice simplicity. Rather than become a part of the culture that's obsessed with acquisition and accumulation, the act of giving can replace this obsession and help us invest in something that will last forever.

According to Richard J. Foster,
Celebration of Discipline, there are ten points to practicing simplicity.

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 giving things away.

4. Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry.

5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them.

6. Develop a deeper appreciation for God's creation.

7. Be skeptical of all "buy now, pay later" schemes.

8. Obey Jesus' instruction about plain, honest speech.

9. Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others.

10. Shun anything that distracts from seeking first the kingdom of God.


  1. I'm going to see if my library has that book. What fabulous advice!

  2. I have this book and it's an excellent read. Thanks for sharing these important points.

  3. Anonymous7:28 PM

    wonderful points to remember in the pursuit of simplicity


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