I love simplicity.
And I love things that go along with the idea of simplicity—things like sincerity and practicality.
Maybe I really like simplicity because I know that (a) life can get complicated, and (b) I find it very hard to achieve!
Writing to the Corinthians Paul says that “we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity…” (2 Corinthians 1:12). There seems to be a straightforwardness about that way of life—a lack of pretension, an un-budging faithfulness, and peace of mind.
Sounds good to me!
But like many noble pursuits, it’s easier said than done.
So HOW do we live more simply?
One suggestion from professor and writer Richard J. Foster is to develop a habit of giving things away.
Owning too many things complicates our lives. Things need attention and fixing. Plus, having a lot of things tends to convince us that we actually NEED every single one of those things—and that we NEED even more!
But we usually don’t.
Foster says that most of us could probably give away 50% of what we owned and still wouldn’t be inconvenienced in any significant way.
I’m guessing that for many of us developing a habit of giving things away won’t make us more impoverished. It will make us more free.
Do you want more simplicity? Do you want to live “in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity”? I’m not saying you need to be a monk in the desert. But if you need practical help to simplify your life, develop a habit of giving things away.
By Matthew Ruttan