The concept of simple living is certainly contrary to what the world tells us we need in order to live a successful and fulfilling life (again, in the eyes of the world). I think that is why Week One's memory verse is a great place for us to put our focus as we think about living a life that is contrary to the standards of the world:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. --Romans 12.2
Discussion questions for today:
What are you most looking forward to as we enter this challenge to simplify and declutter our lives?
What are you dreading the most about this journey?
Looking ahead, here is our assignment for the coming week:
I can't emphasize enough the importance of spending time with your spouse this week to develop your family's purpose statement. So much of what you do from this point forward will hinge upon the purposes and goals of your family. I will share our family's statement with you next week.
Read: Chapters 3 & 4 of "Organized Simplicity"
Memorize: 1 Corinthians 10.31--So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Other assignment: 1) work with your spouse to develop your family's purpose statement (from Chapter 3); and 2) prioritize your everyday activities, as mentioned in Chapter 4
Have a great week!!