Simplicity

February 20, 2008 at 12:15 am 5 comments

Richard Foster, author of “Celebration of Discipline” writes a chapter called “Simplicity”.   In it, he says,

…freedom from anxiety is one of the inward evidences of seeking first the kingdom of God. The inward reality of simplicity involves a life of joyful unconcern for possessions.  Neither the greedy nor the miserly know this liberty.  It has nothing to do with abundance of possessions or their lack.  It is an inward spirit of trust. 

Foster describes simplicity in terms of avoiding “duplicity” (having more than one item that serves the same general function).  Spurring trend.  Not chasing technology.  Protecting the rights of the underpaid worker by careful choices.  Knowing the joy of using things until they wear out.  Waiting on God to give things so that we value them (Amen, how I know that).  Sharing with freedom.  Not focused on having or not having.  Learning to be content with little or with much.  Unaffected. 

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  • 1. Stacey  |  February 20, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I have been trying to apply this to certain areas of my life. i.e… not buying new jeans because I want them, but waiting until mine wear out or no longer fit. Not buying new shoes because I want them but waiting until I no longer have any that fit that bill, etc… This winter shopping I saw lots of coats I would love to have bought with Christmas $$ but I knew that I had plenty to fill every occassion.

    I suppose I don’t really go by that or I’d have one winter coat, one pair of shoes, etc… but that’s ok. At least I’m trying to watch it. 😉

    I love the simplicity concept. Possessions do not make us happy, in fact I’m pretty sure they are addictive and make us less happy.

  • 2. L.P.  |  February 20, 2008 at 10:27 am

    This is a great book! I read it several years ago, but I need to read it again. Thanks for reminding me about it!

  • 3. mandythompson  |  February 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    i love what spills out of your brain…. really

  • 4. Karla ~ Looking Towards Heaven  |  February 20, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I really get this Maggie. And I agree with what you are saying. I think it was you that replied on one of my Frumpy posts (it was a Maggie, but no address to reply) and I replied in the comments.
    I agree, that while it is entertaining, it shouldn’t distract us from what is really important.
    Like all areas of our lives, it’s a balance. There is nothing wrong with style. Only if it becomes a distraction.

    Blessings,
    Karla

  • 5. Karla ~ Looking Towards Heaven  |  February 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I could take this notion a step further… it doesn’t just apply to my clothing. If I become distracted by keeping my blog pretty and looking good, that is still about appearances. (that tends to be more of where I lie, when it comes to trends… not clothing trends, but graphic trends)

    maggie replies: well said. I wonder if my concern needs to be only if it’s a distraction for me, or also if it may distract the person I am trying to read. The middle road is probably the best for this reason. I often shop and find even my “trendy” clothes at Goodwill to try to be sure everyone feels on a level playing field. Perhaps it is still not worth the effort unless I buy things that are meant to last. Yet, it’s been great to have some peripheral items in my wardrobe for those rare occasions where I just need something a little out of the ordinary. It’s saved me many times for a spouses work party if have to go to. I really don’t care if it’s the latest and greatest, just if I look like I’ve made a special effort to wear what is suitable for the occasion and I look pretty to my man. He seems happy with that,and him happy makes us both happy!

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