Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April 30, 2008

plain and simple

When I was younger and throughout much of my young life,
I had a wish list a mile long.
As I got older I remember thinking...
if only I had the money I spent on something
I had to have,
I would have that money now to get
something else I really wanted.
Albeit a small difference,
it was a bit of growth.

Now when I go into the mall (or is that maw)
seeing all of those "things" there
has little to no appeal anymore.
I never go to the mall myself
unless looking for a gift for someone else.
I do, on occasion go along with my wife
and most often,
spend most of my time sitting on a bench
reading a good book.
It appears that I have grown even more.

To be honest, looking at all the choices...
like different kinds of cereal in a grocery store...
gives me a headache...
now that is simply old age. LOL.

Live a simpler, more fulfilling life.

"A visible simplicity of life,
Embracing unpretentious ways,
And small self-interest
And poverty of coveting."
- Lao-Tzu
(6th century B.C.)

"The wealthiest man among us is the best:
No grandeur now in nature or in book
Delights us.
Rapine, avarice, expense,
This is idolatry;
and these we adore:
Plain living and high thinking are no more."
- William Wordsworth
(1770-1850)

"We are made spiritually lethargic
by a steady diet of materialism."
- Mary Morrison Suggs
(as far as I know... alive today
age unknown)


Regarding materialism and earthy desires,
things haven't changed much
(as indicated by the author's time period above)
down through the years, have they?

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