SimplicityReflection Questions See: March 24 Sermon "More of God, Less of things" In what ways are you susceptible to the entitlement mentality of our age? How has the “more is better” mentality shaped you? Do you envy those who have more things or more opportunities than you? Explain. How much of your identity is wrapped up in what you own and where you go? Who are you without all these acquisitions and opportunities? What is it like for you to give away things you still want and like? When have you downsized? What was it like for you?
*Uncomplicate your life by choosing a few areas in which you wish to practice “letting go.” Clean out the garage, basement, closet or attic. Go on a simple vacation. Eat more simply. • What is this like for you?
*Intentionally limit your choices. Do you need six different kinds of breakfast cereal, hundreds of TV channels or four tennis rackets? What is it like to limit your choices? • Does it feel free, or do want and envy surface? • Talk to God about this.
*If someone admires something of yours, give it away. Find out just how attached you are to your things. • What is that like for you?
*Make a catalog of all the gadgets you have in your home, from the dishwasher to the lawnmower. • Which gadgets have made you freer? • Which could you share? Which could you get rid of and not really miss?
*Where have you complicated your life with God? • Consider what actually brings you into the presence of Christ. Spend time there.
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook –Adele Calhoun)
How To Live Simply
-Buy things for their usefulness, not status/fashion. -Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.(media, food, alcohol, etc.) -Develop a habit of giving things away: de-accumulate. -Refuse to propagandized by the latest and greatest. -Learn to enjoy things without owning them. -Watch out for ‘buy now, pay later’. -Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others. -Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the Kingdom of God!