I am pondering on this incredibly beautiful fall morning, do we really understand all the Lord provides? Do we really rest in contentment or do we really always want more? Do we really realize all we have on this earth? Do we really need so many THINGS, STUFF, REALLY?
Something to think about. Something to look at yourself about. And…if changes need to be made, well today is the day!
I look at this place that was built on our ranch this year and this last weekend we finished putting the log stabilizers in place. The roof was being held up by metal poles and support beams that were only temporary and in fact kinda ugly. BUT, they were doing their job and of course, that is more important! Now, with the logs in place, this cute little Tack Shack has a whole new look! A place I could literally call home!What can I REALLY get by living with or without? My hubby and I sat on the deck of this shack looking out and truly I have come to a place in my life I don’t need half of what we have. We both agreed we could move our bed and couch and live in this shack and be totally comfortable. BUT, 10 years ago…I don’t think I could of. I was in a different place. I wasn’t grown up enough in the Lord to stop and rest and be fully content.
In the world of needing and wanting more. I struggle with ones who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ that strive for more. They share “I need more money to pay the bills.” And I think to myself, don’t live beyond your means. I know, I’ve done it. A little-known truth, if you spend more than you make there are consequences. Again, I know, I had them, BIG TIME!
I have also been hearing and reading that one can be so much more “at peace” when you are financially secure. I don’t see that anywhere in the Bible where one has peace because they don’t have to worry about money. “For the love of money is the root of all evil. Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and have pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Now that is a truth to ponder on yourself. If you own a business, do you share this truth from HIS word or do you share the world’s view? Peace shows up 249 times in the Bible and none of the passage refers to peace in the way the world would define it as. Money is the ROOT of problems and PEACE comes from contentment in all the Lord provides us not what STUFF can provide.
I have lived in a world of wanting more. If I had… then I would….or could…
Not any more. The MORE Jesus I have in my daily life, REALLY the less of the world I desire.
My hubby and I are moving to a slower, easier, lesser lifestyle in homesteading. We are working towards moving to the ranch in just a one bedroom, one living room, one kitchen, one bathroom, above a barn. Simple living, less of the world, and resting in our Jesus in all HE provides.
I pray you too will seek less and encourage others to strive for only more of WHOM can give the abundant lifestyle! Jesus truly, REALLY is the most peaceful place to be!
God bless you as you strive for less!
Love deeper, talk sweeter, and live a peaceful day,