Losing your grip.
December 6, 2012, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Economy, Environment, Mind, Minimalism, Spirit, Writing

Years ago, leaving a restaurant in my small college town I noticed a decorative garden rock inscribed: “Blessed is the man who holds the things of this world with a loose hand.”

I can’t remember where that phrase comes from, though I’m tempted to say it’s an Irish Proverb.

Those words have always struck me, though. They’ve always remained wedged in a corner of my heart, guiding me on a path toward less things and more freedom… more love.

It’s tough not to feel like an odd duck when you don’t care to shop  “like a girl” or over-indulge in so much sensory gratification (food, clothes, money, sex) that are “supposed” to bring us ultimate pleasure. I can’t say I haven’t been there and done that. I have. There’s a splitting that happens, though, when you choose a different path. Like Jesus taught, when you desperately seek for spiritual gifts, the ways of the world start seeming quite odd and almost cumbersome to you.

I do not believe that materialism is all bad. As Jesus put it… money is not the root of all evil… it’s the LOVE of money that is the root. It can be a harmful idol blocking us from communion with God.

1 John 3:17  But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Materialism has brought many good things. Useful things. Medicine, science, some technology. Art works. But it’s not all there is. Not by a long shot.

Minimalist Meditations:

John 6:63

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.



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