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Objective: Let go of, in any way, thirty-one objects
Definition of “thoughtful”: To do something with purpose and intention.
Note: This is by no means a comprehensive list of Bible verses that support a modest, quiet, peaceful, content, simple, focused life. Verses should never simply be taken out of context either; but I don’t have the space to rightfully cover this topic Biblically. So please feel free to use these verses as starting places to study how the Holy Spirit speaks to you about how to deal with your earthly possessions.
Luke 12:15-21 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Mark 10:21-23 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
Hebrews 10: 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
Matthew 4:19-22 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.
Proverbs 15:16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.
Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.
2 Corinthians 1:12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
Philippians 4:11 I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
Suggestion: We have learned so much in the last month! I’m willing to bet that, if you’ve followed along, you’ve gotten quite good at clearing out your spaces. You’ve probably realized that if you could revisit some areas that you can now clear things out better. Well, now’s your chance.
Let’s go back and find just one more thing from each area you’ve visited. We went:
And for that last, number thirty-one, item; how about grabbing that thing that’s you’ve talked yourself out of since the beginning? Day #1 started with the thing that you were itching to have an excuse to get rid of. How poetic to end with the thing that you were struggling with and making excuses for since the beginning.
If it’s too hard, you can surly just put it in your “get rid of” spot and hold it there for several months to clarify to yourself that you can live without it. In case you were unsure—that is acceptable. It’s okay to practice living without something first. I’m not without compassion. There are things that take some getting used to the idea of living without them. It’s okay to learn, on your own terms, that minimalism is uplifting and good for your own life. Just because we rushed through it in a month, doesn’t mean that it isn’t okay to need some time to get used to the idea in your own life.
But it is so amazing to realize, as I hope you’ve come to realize in the last 30 days, that we can easily (and well) live with less. We don’t need all we have and we actually are so encouraged and strengthened when we are faced with the challenge.
Ending the challenge
We’ve made it all the way to the end of the challenge! Whether you kept up with the daily count, or not; or staying within the suggested areas, or not—I commend you! It’s not easy to free yourself of any of the things we’ve surrounded ourselves with, and if you’ve done even just one thing, that’s awesome! Great job! : D
So if you’ve been encouraged, even just once for one thing, please, PLEASE write me and tell me. My email is WondrouslyWeird@att.net. It may even work out well for you. Remember, I have a YNAB subscription for whomever is the most encouraging in their process! I will also be very happy to hear from you. It’s nice to hear that anyone is encouraged from anything I say, even if it’s just a tiny bit on one day. I don’t do this for any reward except for the knowledge that I’m helpful to someone else’s journey through this life. So reward me and write!
It’s been so great to do this challenge this last month and I hope that you feel the same. It’s really great to do things together, even if we’re separated by miles and only connected by the internet. Thank you internet and thank you readers! : )