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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

Radical Generosity — Day 10

In my journey to live more simply is a desire to be radically generous to the poor or to those in need. I do not believe we can live a simplified life of faith without this foundation.  But man do I struggle with this. So how do we exercise radical generosity with our resources, money, […]

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Telling the Truth — Day 9

We have been taught all of our lives to tell the truth. Sounds simple enough, right?  Well, not always, sometimes it is the hardest thing to do. Have you ever been in a situation where you were aware of specific information about someone, and that same  person you were talking to did not know that […]

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Who Is My Neighbor? — Day 8

We are busy people rushing through life. And yet recently, a few people chose a simpler, different pace. There was a woman in her thirties who was walking early one cold, wintry morning.  You could see her breath in the air as she stopped at the corner a couple of blocks from her work waiting […]

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Dying More Simply — Day 7

This series is about living more simply.  But how can we make it easier for our loved ones when our days are numbered? How can we die more simply? It is not something we want to talk about with our children.  It is not something we want to hear from our father or mother, spouse […]

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Forgiving Others — Day Six

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” (Lewis Smedes). When we withhold forgiveness from another, we are the ones who are gravely injured.  When we live in such a self-imposed jail, we shackle our feet and bind our hands, and give ourselves what is equal to life without […]

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Forgiving Yourself — Day 5

I find it ironic that I am writing about simplifying my life in order to live more meaningfully during these 40 days of Lent. In the last week I have committed to “spending more time with God daily,” “focusing on quality time with my wife,” and writing every day on my blog for forty days. […]

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Choosing Priorities — Day 4

For those of us who are of the Christian faith, Matthew 6:19-43 is one of the clearest passages about Christian simplicity in the Bible.  Take a moment and read it through by clicking on it above. The words of Jesus are radical as he instructs us to vow, “I trust that God will take care […]

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As I sat in the meeting with a group of fellow co-workers (not my chaplain team), I was caught off guard by the comments of one of the group members.  He critiqued a workshop that I had recently led in front of the group, and he told me how disappointed he was that I didn’t talk […]

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A few months ago I wrote the following words to Mary in an email: “When we move from the lake, my hope and prayer will be that whatever and wherever it is, it will be a step toward radical simplicity.  A step towards making time for relationships, yours and mine, as well as with others, […]

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I want to invite you on a journey, a Simplicity Journey, for the next 40 days. I am going to write every day except Sundays. I plan to focus on living more simply in my life and would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and encouragement along the way of what this means to you. […]

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