The following is a list of ten actions that can help us to become more simple in our walks with God.

#1 Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (New International Version): “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

#2 reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.

1 Corinthians 6:12 (New International Version): “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

#3 develop a habit of giving things away.

Acts 20:35 (New International Version): “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

#4 refuse to propagandize by the custodians of modern gadgetry.

Colossians 2:8 (New International Version): “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

#5 Learn to enjoy things without owning them.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New International Version): “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.”

#6 develop a deeper appreciation for the creation.

Job 12:7-10 (New International Version): “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

#7 look with a healthy skepticism at all buy now, pay later schemes.

Proverbs 22:7 (New International Version): “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”

#8 Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech.

Ephesians 4:25 (New International Version): “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

#9 reject anything that breeds oppression of others.

Isaiah 1:17 (New International Version): “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

#10 Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God.

Colossians 3:2 (New International Version): “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

The 10 prompts came from the book “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

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