A Typical or Atypical Pastor's Wife-whichever one you come to believe

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Choosing "Voluntary Simplicity"

Christ has called us to a life of simplicity.  Love the Lord.  Love others. Only believe.

 It's a choice that we must make voluntarily.

 A choice to live simply and to walk humbly on the earth.

 The world is constantly trying to complicate our lives so that those three things get lost somewhere in the things I must do, things I should do and things I want to do.

But Christ desires that our faces be turned towards Him at all times, that everything we do be done with an eternal perspective.  For our time on earth determines not only where we will spend eternity, but what we will do in eternity.  The spiritual lessons we learn on this earth are what prepares us for our work in eternity.  Solomon said that "The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil."  And that will determine our forever.

So we must choose "voluntary simplicity".

"Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer condition.  It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, or many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life.  It means an ordering and guiding of our energy and our desires, a partial restraint in some directions in order to secure greater abundance of life in other directions.  It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose."  Richard Gregg

This quote, although not stated by a Christian, is a perfect guide for living within Christianity.  I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me.

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