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Stewardship for June 2019 – "Generous Space"

May 31, 2019

 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth … but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven … for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:19-21

 

I recently was reading an article by David Loleng, “Generous Space”.  In this article he talks about creating two spiritual practices which cultivate Christ-centered stewardship in our lives and in our church community.

 

The first is the discipline of simplicity.  Simplicity, he says, “helps us to let go of our inordinate attachment to things (possessions, experiences, and achievements) and our insatiable desire for more.”   Simplicity allows us to unclutter our lives of excess and practice things like frugality, contentment, thankfulness, sustainability, integrity, and generosity.   This rings true for me.  We downsized our house about six years ago.  At first it was difficult to give up possessions, but then it became freeing.  We were able to keep what we truly loved, and needed.  Our houses in the United States have gotten increasingly larger with three car garages—which we can’t put cars in because they are full of stuff