Daily Riches: Welcoming Simplicity (Thomas Moore, Richard Foster and Ruth Haley Barton)

“You can’t force simplicity; but you can invite it in by finding as much richness as possible in the few things at hand. Simplicity doesn’t mean meagerness but rather a certain kind of richness, the fullness that appears when we stop stuffing the world with things.” Thomas Moore

“We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. …We are made to feel ashamed to wear clothes or drive cars until they are worn out. The mass media have convinced us that to be out of step with fashion is to be out of step with reality. It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick. Until we see how unbalanced our culture has become at this point, we will not be able to deal with the mammon spirit within ourselves….” Richard Foster

“I try to run into God’s arms and give myself to his embrace, but I am holding lots of stuff, and it gets in the way.”  Ruth Haley Barton

“Then [Jesus] said to them,
‘Watch out!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
 life does not consist
in an abundance of possessions.’”
Luke 12:15

Moving From the Head to the Heart

  • Does “the lust for affluence in contemporary society” seem psychotic to you? Do you operate as if life consists “in an abundance of possessions?”
  • Have you experienced the “kind of richness” that comes when we “stop stuffing the world full of things?”
  • Does all your “stuff” get in the way when God wants to embrace you in his love?

Abba, help me find the riches that comes with unstuffing my life.


For More: The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster


The “Daily Riches” from RicherByFar are for your encouragement as you seek after God, and as he seeks after you. My goal is to give you something of uncommon value each day in less than 400 words. I hope you’ll follow my blog, and share it with others. I appreciate your interest!  –  Bill (Psalm 90:14)

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