Moving Beyond Motions

This year as a church we are looking at how we can move beyond the motions and develop a personal relationship with God through spiritual practices. Throughout the year, we’ll work our way through 12 practices that help us connect to God. This page is meant to be a resource for each of us to discover, try, and learn more about each of these practices.

Simplicity

— an inward attitude and outward practice of enjoying possessions with a proper perspective

 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

 

Get Ready:

- Take some time to read Matthew 6:25-33. Seeking God’s kingdom first is the foundation for all simplicity.

 

Try it out:

  • Consider what you buy. Buy things for their usefulness and not their status. Evaluate your purchases this week through the lens of usefulness. Will I use this? Am I buying this to impress someone else?
  • Simplify your speech. “Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Pay attention this week to your yeses and nos this week. Are you doing all the things you said you would? Are you saying no when you need to?
  • Give something away. Try giving away a possession that is valuable to you, sharing something you love with someone you care about, or giving financially to a person or organization.
  • Borrow rather than buy.  Consider books, movies, recreational possessions, or other items you may use that you can borrow or share with someone else.  Are there opportunities to rent or borrow rather than buy this item? Is there someone I can lend this item to?

 

Go Deeper — Check out these books on simplicity:

  • Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster
  • The More of Less by Joshua Becker
  • Exercises in Simplicity are available at https://practicingtheway.org/practices/simplicity.
  • Download the Simplicity Card

 

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Intercessory Prayer
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