Monday, 18 February 2013
A Lent of Simplicity - The Purge
The scary thing is that we're not hoarders. I don't think that we have an unreasonable amount of stuff. In fact I often pride myself in thinking that we don't keep a lot of things that we never use. However, these pictures prove that I'm deluding myself. The pile is a collection of clothes, dishes, movies, books, more clothes, that office chair, and a ragtag of other peculiarities which we have collected from all around our house (some of you may notice the small bag of nail clippers by the bread maker). And these are only the things that are good enough to give away! This doesn't include the things we threw out, or the things we set aside for other projects.
I'm sending out a challenge to everyone who wants to take this up: go through your house, apartment or room as a family or by yourself and get rid of some stuff. Stuff you never use, stuff you don't need, stuff that doesn't improve your life. You can set the bar as high as you want. But always remember that we're not doing this to clear room that we can fill with more stuff. This isn't about having more space to play in. This is about realizing what we have and what we truly need.
On March 7th we'll be helping anyone who wants to drive their own piles to the the MCC thrift store. Keep t-shirts off to the side for a special project. You can send pictures of your pile and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, we can update our community's progress on the blog.
This is only the beginning of a process we're starting. The ultimate goal is to strive for a lifestyle that will help us love God and experience that love. Simplicity frees up time, resources, energy and especially focus. Let's do this in a way that helps us focus on the kind of life God wants for us.