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Day 15 of Lent: Simplicity

Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

Have you heard of “The 40 Bags/Items In 40 Days Declutter Challenge”? As the name implies, the idea is to use the 40 days of Lent to get rid of things you no longer need or use in your home as a way to start decluttering. Our verse for today speaks to that whole idea of simplicity – less is more.

office-594132_1920Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

It is not easy for any of us to hear, but the reason people even have to consider a declutter challenge is because we all too easily get caught up in the rat race of materialism.  We get dragged into keeping up with the Joneses and think have to have all that “stuff”.  Perhaps you’ve heard people long for the good ole days of simplicity when there weren’t all the gadgets and goodies which we think we have to have today.

Our verse for today shares another aspect of simplicity which is also good to keep in mind – simplicity by minding your own business and working hard.  In our day and age social media all too easily gets us involved in other’s business and we get more  worried about what everyone else is doing instead of going about life in our own little corner of the world and doing that well.

There is another aspect of this whole matter which is also good to consider.  A life which is cluttered and busy can also all too easily be distracted from the real focus on Jesus which we talked about yesterday.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, please don’t give up on simplicity!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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