Taking a patient wife and four children across the country this summer has created significant personal chaos and has brought to relief the amount of complexity in my life. Simplifying has great appeal right now. Maybe you could benefit from this, too. With thanks to Bishop Bob Spain, here are ten thoughts from Richard Foster on ways to simplify your life by creating inward discipline:
1. Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.
2. Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.
3. Develop a habit of giving things away.
4. Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry.
5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
6. Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation.
7. Look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes.
8. Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech.
9. Reject anything that will breed the oppression of others.
10. Shun whatever would distract you from your main goal: “Seek first the kingdom of God.”