Thursday, May 4, 2017

with much or with little

Tatian tells us about getting what we desire more easily when we live simply today in A Year with the Church Fathers.

He says that the wealthy are always wanting more, and nothing is ever enough. For the simple, though, he says that being satisfied is easy. Those who choose to live simply find their needs met readily, and they are able to be more grateful for finding their needs met.

One thing he says that hearkens back to Paul is knowing how to live with alot and with a little. Both make it clear that having lots of possessions isn't categorically wrong. Stuff isn't evil - it's good. God made stuff, and He said it was good. It's possible to be very wealthy and still to live simply and use what you have to help people. It's also possible to be poor, owning very little, but to be so completely preoccupied with possessions, and with making MORE money, that you live a greedy, unhappy life.

So it's not about just giving everything away. Are we called to give things away? Sure, when the time is right. But being destitute isn't the goal. Living a life of simplicity and gratitude is the point.

If you're not sure where to begin, just ask. He'll show you. And then do what He says. You'll be glad you did.

Thanks, God, for the blessings You've given us - teach us to live simply with much or with little.