Christian simplicity is not just a faddish attempt to respond to the ecological holocaust that threatens to engulf us, nor is it born out of a frustration with technocratic obesity. It is a call given to every Christian. The witness to simplicity is profoundly rooted in biblical tradition, and most perfectly exemplified in the life of Jesus ChristIt is a natural and necessary outflow of the Good News of the Gospel having taken root in our lives.
Richard J Foster
The discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle and both are important because if we change one aspect the other will also change. Simplicity is a change of attitude and behaviour.
As our lifestyles change, so does our need for impressive possessions. We do not need to enhance our status in society, in fact, our possessions should be able to be used to help others. Our possessions may actually be needed more by someone else..
Jesus said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God then all the rest (including material possessions, health and well being) will be added (Matthew 6: 25-33). We must first out ourselves right with God, build up a good relationship with him, and everything else will begin to fall into place naturally. We must remember that we can't do things to make God love us. God's love is unconditional.
Three inner attitudes of simplicity:
Set aside an hour-long 'separating the wheat from the chaff' session sometime during the week. Pray for guidance, and think through major areas of responsibility, commitment, or desire in your life, probing for insight into how the practice of simplicity could help you clarify what is important and weed out what is not. Ask yourself such questions as:
This exercise taken from: Celebrating the Disciplines
A Journal Workbook to accompany Celebration of Discipline