Friday, March 26, 2010
One of the subjects chosen by the congregation for our Ten Commandments series was "you shall not covet or crave" so I was intrigued by an article in the Toronto Star earlier this week about a family in Alberta which took on the challenge of not buying anything new for an entire year. What began as a simple family project became a blog http://nothingnewnothingwasted.blogspot.com/ and a popular Facebook page. Their boys are pictured above.
The family had three admirable goals:
1) delaying gratification to help us determine what we really need or want, and how we can find creative ways to acquire those things without further harming the resources of the earth.
2) teaching our children the value of things, dollars, opportunities, and choices.
3) to find out if having less IS having more.
I mention from time to time that according to the gospels Jesus spent a lot more time talking about what we do with money and the importance of simplicity than he ever did talking about sex, but in a materialistic culture we tend to ignore this part of his message.
Have you ever made a goal of living more simply? How did you do? Do you ever feel uncomfortable with the amount of stuff you have accumulated? (I do!) What do we need to do to beat our addictions? Any suggestions for simplifying?