Posted by: Terry | February 3, 2009

Auto sales worst in 26 years

The auto industry and the banking industry are the icons of today’s sad economy. After many years of living on credit, the bills have come due – it is frightening for most and painful for many.

The priority for most of us has been acquisition and growth, bigger is better. We are more connected and faster moving than anyone could have imagined even 10 or 20 years ago; multitasking is the norm. The line between desire and necessity has blurred to the point of indistinguishable; want has morphed into need.

We Christians are not immune, even our churches have joined the frenzy by creating the mega-church, with massive audiences and dizzy programming. Attendance numbers and budgets are the dogma of success, sadly for many they are the evidence of faith and blessing.

What I predict is a major adjustment in lifestyle. Voluntarily or reluctantly many of us will make changes in our way of life, and in the long run I am confident it will be for the best.

Richard Foster wrote “The Freedom of Simplicity” in 1998; an insightful plea for a simpler way of life. Not some “Walden Pond” kind of existence but a change in how we live and move in our world. His principles made sense then and they are even more relevant today:

  1. Make buying decisions based on usefulness rather than status.
  2. Reject anything that is becoming an addiction.
  3. Make giving things away a habit.
  4. Refuse to be dazzled by modern gadgetry just for the sake of gadgetry.
  5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
  6. Develop a deeper appreciation for creation.
  7. Avoid the buy-it-now-pay-for-it-later syndrome.
  8. Make your speech uplifting and honest.
  9. Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others.
  10. Make seeking the kingdom of God your first priority and be alert to anything that diverts your attention.

Our lives and our churches can survive this, yet I am certain that our world will look a little different when it all settles out. If we can let go of this fast-lane living and reach out for simplicity we might find that satisfaction and peace have replaced multitasking and stress; sounds good to me.

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  1. Terry,

    What a great blog article! Yes, God is calling us to draw nearer to Him to see His majesty and glory if we’ll only let Him have control of ALL areas of our lives.

    I’m in a women’s Bible Study with Beth Moore. Yesterday she made this comment that stirred my heart….We give God most of what we love, but DO we give Him what we love most? Wow! Do you think that includes our stuff & our finances? You know it does! Let’s all reach out to Him and give Him what we love most…He did with us on Calvary.

    Cathy Buchanan, Branch Manager
    UFirst Financial

    “Fixing the Financial Landscape of North America One Family at a Time.”
    http://www.viddler.com/explore/CoachCathy/videos/1
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