VoD: To Do Good

Christianity, Verse of the Day

What did Solomon learn from all of his wealth and power, the same as Macbeth, “that is but a walking shadow, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” Don’t chase after the worldly delights that fuel others greed and your demise but seek to do good. 

Excerpt form Joshua Becker’s Minimalist Christianity devotional:

Solomon experimented with seeing if possessions and money would bring happiness. His experiment failed. What if we tried a different experiment? What if we tried to live with only what we need for the true purposes of our lives?
The best way to tell the difference between a need and a want is to try doing without something for a while. If you’re not sure whether you want to get rid of something completely, put it in the garage or a closet for a month. If you don’t miss it, you don’t need it.
Society promotes Solomon’s kind of experimentation: spend as much on yourself as you can. And like Israel’s richest king, many people are headed toward a sense of disillusionment and futility.

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes 3:12‭-‬13 ESV



VoD: Trusting Joy

Christianity, Verse of the Day

Far to often we look at the things around us and seek joy in them. That’s not what God wants for us. He wants us to seek Him first and let Him bring to us what we need. It is finding the balance between our wants, needs, and wanting only what we need that is the part based on faith. Envy and covetedness will only fall away when we trust what God will provide. Then we find joy in everyday life. 

Read what Joshua Becker has to say:

The war to take control of our motivations is never ending. Even if we have been pursuing minimalism for a while, materialism can still grab hold of our hearts. Whenever it does for you, use it to uncover your hidden motivations, and redirect those motivations to find the happiness you really want, not the false happiness money and possessions promise.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34 ESV