Thursday, June 12, 2014

That's a GREAT Question!

Last week I posted from some of my more recent Facebook status', and it was nice to share and to explore a thought and ponder more into it than just a statement or two. So, why not do it again! This week I asked a simple question, but one that really does take a bit of time and thought to answer. At least for me since I never posted an answer!

First, let me explore the words Old Fashioned. For me, it usually means from an era I had no relation to, and I am often intrigued by the 1950's. Why? I think it is the simple life that they led back then, even though at the time they were "breaking" traditions left and right. If only they could look to now ~ 2014 and see how far things would go... perhaps they would have slowed down some too and made it a bit more slower.

I am indeed feeling challenged to take life a bit more simply. But what would that look like?
* A slim line focus : Faith and Family first always in all ways.
* Less time on social media sites more time living life
* Relying less on technology and processed lifestyles embracing more of the reality that is before my face
* Not comparing my life with others but instead allowing my life to become what God has intended it to be
* Allowing myself to grow

That looks like a complicated list to become more simple living doesn't it? Will it work? I don't know! I just know that life is too fast paced and way too complicated on it's own without the added stuff we throw in! We can get a lot done if we remove some of the distractions that we allow in. I don't mean that our life has to be boring and what not but what we call "entertainment" sometimes is nothing but a time sucker. When I look at the list that I have  up there, I realize how much more contentment and peace would be in my immediate life (both outside and inside) and then would trickle into lives of those around me. And it's not often that I will post a WHOLE chapter of God's word but ..... so much truth! 1 Timothy 6 (NIV)

6 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.

False Teachers and the Love of Money
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Final Charge to Timothy
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.
And I will leave you with that! Have a GREAT Thursday!

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