Presenting ...

Net Profits - Dwight Hill

... a weekly letter of encouragement.


Singapore

March 27, 1995

Good Morning!

One of the dilemmas you and I face is how to walk with God and keep the clutter and stuff around us from burying us alive. As a society, our fixation on ACQUIRING has reached psychotic levels.

John Wesley wrote, "...The essence of Christian holiness is SIMPLICITY and PURITY..."

Soren Kierkegaard captured the spirit of Christian simplicity: "Purity of heart is to will one thing:" God.

"Simplicity is freedom, bringing joy and balance.

"Duplicity is bondage leading to anxiety and fear."+

It's difficult to keep life simple if I have multiple passions.

Count Zinzendorf stated, "I have but one passion, it is He alone."

The test as to whether I am seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness is the lack of anxiety. (Matthew 6:25)

Following are several of Richard Foster's+ principles that may help us in evaluating whether we have captured the inner essence of simplicity:

FIRST, BUY THINGS FOR THEIR USEFULNESS RATHER THAN THEIR STATUS.

SECOND, REJECT ANYTHING THAT IS PRODUCING AN ADDICTION IN YOU.

THIRD, DEVELOP A HABIT OF GIVING THINGS AWAY.

FOURTH, REFUSE TO BE PROPAGANDIZED BY THE CUSTODIANS OF MODERN GADGETRY.

FIFTH, LEARN TO ENJOY THINGS WITHOUT OWNING THEM.

SIXTH, LOOK WITH A HEALTHY SKEPTICISM AT ALL 'BUY NOW, PAY LATER" SCHEMES.

SEVENTH, SHUN ANYTHING THAT DISTRACTS YOU FROM SEEKING FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Have a great week!

Dwight Hill

+"Celebration of Discipline" - Richard Foster


Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.



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