Spiritual Disciplines: Study 2 and Simplicity

This week’s study exercise was to summarise Ephesians 1:15-23 in one sentance:

I thank God for you and pray you will know his glory, shown in Christ who rules all things.

The meditations for this week are looking at the discipline of simplicity. Richard Foster’s book has ten sugestions:

  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 custodians of modern gadgetry.
  5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
  6. Devlop a deeper appreciation for creation.
  7. Look with healthy skepticism at "buy now, pay later" schemes.
  8. Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech.
  9. Reject anything that breeds oppression in others.
  10. Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God.

That’s a hard set of suggestions. I’m not there yet.

4 thoughts on “Spiritual Disciplines: Study 2 and Simplicity”

  1. No 1 sounds a bit like William Morris (of wallpaper fame) – “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or consider to be beautiful”.

    Do you think we should temper No 8 with tact & love too – as in, it might be plain, honest speech to tell someone they look awful or are annoying, but it may shatter their fragile self-esteem which is not a loving approach at all. Just a thought … ‘Love one another as you love yourself…’ and all that.

    I love No 6 too – a friend of mine used to like walking in the welsh hills, where he would find himself the most beautiful setting and say out loud ‘I’m the child of the Lord of all I survey’ – a brilliant act of worship.

    BTW – this is all very much the approach of the early Celtic christians too…

  2. I think I have a problem with No 4!

    I may copy that list out and stick it somewhere at home. I think those are meditations which could be good for me.

  3. A very thought provoking list. I only yesterday read a blog from a pastor who said he was seeking to simplify his life that he might be more aware of God.

    I agree with no. 8 as long as we seek to pass along the grace that God gives us so freely.

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