FAST FROM ACCUMULATING AND PRACTICE CONTENTMENT
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5
I saw a cartoon this week that featured an old man standing with his son in front of an open garage door. The garage was piled high to the ceiling, full of a lifetime of accumulated junk. The man was saying, “One day son, this will all be yours.” One thing I know for sure, my kids don’t want my stuff! So why do we spend our
This little cartoon gave me an idea. Can I begin a financial fast for the last three weeks of Lent? Can I fast from accumulating stuff, I wondered? Can I challenge myself to stay off of Amazon and away from Zappos for the next three weeks? Can I limit my purchases to the bare necessities, buying only what I absolutely need? Can I resist bowing to the Starbucks coffee god and learn to be content with coffee from home? Fasting comes in all forms, and a financial fast is something to consider trying. I would hope to learn to be more content, to learn to be happy with what I have. To be thankful. And to share what I have with those in need.
Lent is hard, but oh, so good my friends.
Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
2 Cor. 12:9-10 “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” …Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Consider this as well:
Clutter isn’t just in your home, attic, garage, or office. Clutter is also in your