Today, Ben and I read from Week One of our Lenten Study Guide from World Vision. The call for this week is to “live simply.” Our scripture we will be focusing on for the week comes from Matthew 6: 19-24….
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
We talked about how we can live more simply, and store our treasures in heaven. Some ideas include:
-participating in Buckets of Hope for Haiti
-decluttering our home of things we don’t need and donating those things to LifeBridge, especially excess clothing
-contributing the amount of money into our “live simply” jar, that we would have spent eating fast food (for Ben) and drinking McDonald’s sweet tea (for me) to World Vision to help with the world hunger crisis
We don’t share these ideas for any kind of “good for you for doing these things” accolades, bu trather to show how easy it is to make some changes in your life to both live more simply, and give to others.
We hope that you are inspired to live more simply, give more generously, and grow closer to God in the process. We hope the same for ourselves.