Simplicity (Downsizing, Downshifting, Living Without)
Prov 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Prov.15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Prov 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Prov 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
The “Great Recession” should have been a bit of a wake-up call for all of us. Since 2006, when the first home foreclosures began, our economic prospects have taken one beating after another, and they’re not likely to improve dramatically any time soon.
Our current Great Recession threats, among many others, have come to include:
But most Americans are still in denial about what all of this means. At a time when we should be “circling the wagons” with our personal finances, we consumers actually spent more money this past Christmas season than we did in 2007 (which was the official start of the recession, but no one knew it yet).
Water/Sewer (both structures) $100
Cable Landline/Computer/TV $145
Cell Phone $135
Primary Car $200
Auto/Cycle/Property Insurance $325
Property Tax $200
Grocery Store Items $600
Total per month $2045
It’s better to have just a few possessions and a warm relationship with the Lord than to have great treasure and a troubled heart. And it’s better to eat plain and inexpensive food with those you love than to eat a big steak dinner with people who don’t even enjoy being with one another. And the truly good person who has only a few possessions is happier than the rich person who is not living as he should.
Proverbs 15:16, 17; 16:8; 17:1