"Abundant simplicity is more about paying attention — to what we want and need; what we have and buy; what we spend, save, and give; and our relationship with our bank accounts and material objects. When do money and things enhance our life, and when do they tempt us to envy, anxiety, fear, pride, or selfishness?"
I've often struggled with this idea of simplicity and living with less, and the conclusion I've come to is that it's a process between us and the Lord. It's so important to constantly be checking in with our relationship to stuff and our relationship to God. What things are possessing us? Are we mindlessly living in the land of much-too-much? Unfortunately, our lifestyle doesn't allow much for a reality check. We are so far removed from things that will shake us. For me, support-raising for our job has really changed my view on money and possessions, and my world is shaken every time I am faced with real poverty - such as our connections to the Haitian community or my homeless friend John in South Philly.
Anyways. Please read the blog post and share your own story.
How have you been challenged by God with regards to possessions?
What shakes you into a reality check?