Christian Lifestyles 2006

We are on a journey to move closer to the life Jesus taught us about. Each Sunday, we will discuss another small step and hopefully throughout the week, we will all have a chance to join in and continue the discussion until we meet again.

Just a note before you begin. This is in chronological order, so please read from the bottom up and then feel free to comment and join in.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Part 2: Abundant Life

Are we getting the hang of this yet?

Let me add just some of the notes I collected this morning and lets open this up. As people find our blog and respond, we can make this as rich an experience as we want.

  • What is happening to the quality of our lifestyle? Robin and I find that we have a big enough house for us and may even downsize as our needs change. Perhaps location might be upgraded, but the relative lifestyle will probaby not change.
  • Do we have the grace to say, "beyond this [level of lifestyle] we will give sacrificially to others."
  • What do you think about Henri Nouwen (as Tony spoke about his book, Gracias) who lived and worked in the academic world of Harvard Divinity School part of the year and seeing life in Bolivia and Peru (I did a little research to find out what Tony was talking about)? Are there any insights that his efforts may apply to our lives today?
  • Are we blinded to our need in trusting God and relying on Him by "false sense of securtity that wealth brings?" How can we live a 21st century life and remain true to our faith walk?
  • Tony says that we could "love God and do as you please." That sure sounded good for a moment, but then the reality sets in. If we are pleasing God more and more each day, how can we continue a lifestyle that God would not approve of?
  • How can we reconcile this with the increased responsibilities of a married life. Paul said in the I Corinthians reading that it is best not to get married. If you do, there is a lot of effort involved in maintaining that relationship.

In our discussions, then, we came down to some ideas about this "reasonable lifestyle." Perhaps this lifestyle is one where:
  • Our basic needs are met. [Is there a baseline we can measure "basic" against?]
  • We are better stewards for what God has given us, each in our own way.
  • It would be better (easier??) in an place with fewer choices to distract us.
  • We can look back at the benefits of the "blue laws" and similar attempts at reducing the immediate gratification of being able to just run to the store at any time- plus not having to work on God's day of rest.
  • We don't "gotta have it all" including all the digital channels, all the other distractions from being better followers of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for still reading this. My hope is that we can keep Christ in our lives throughout the week by taking a moment to click over to the blog when you get the invite and adding your inspiration and comments.

Joe

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