I had a delightful conversation with a longtime church member and more importantly a friend. She created a “covid discipline” for herself, which I thought what a smart and healthy response to a difficult time. She spends a part of the day sorting through and then organizing her “stuff.” She boxes things up to give away or throw away and makes notes about items, pictures and papers. She then lets her family know of this achievement and gift.  We laughed a bit because she recently celebrated a “major” birthday and she worried that some might think she was preparing for the inevitable but she acts way too young for either her family or friends to think she is on her way out.
Her comfortableness to declutter – to let go of her stuff and simplify things – got me thinking about the notion of simplicity.  E. F. Schumacher said years ago, “Small is beautiful, and many other wise people have come to know that less stuff invariably leaves room for more soul. In fact, possessions and soul seem to operate in inverse proportion to one another. Only through simplicity can we find deep contentment instead of perpetually striving and living unsatisfied.”
I believe there is much truth in the saying that happiness gained through success or materialism is only temporary. Finding deep contentment is a worthy goal. Perhaps, it’s the more excellent way.
I know that an “Anova Precision Cooker Nano” from Crate & Barrel might seem as if it will just do the trick but I promise it does not satisfy.  We (or one of us) invites you to stop buying stuff you don’t need. Appreciate the people in your life and practice gratitude each and every day.

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6-7
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.”

Reflection Questions:
What does godliness mean to you?
What brings you deep contentment?
What are the reasons you hold on to your “stuff?’

Prayer: Holy God, fill me with your grace, love and mercy. Bless me with meaning and purpose, productivity and usefulness, so that even my smallest actions make a difference. Amen.

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