Please join us, as we read Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. You can read my review of Chapter One, here and also read the equally compelling comments from fellow readers. Each week, on Monday, we review a chapter. Join us!
I'm learning that keeping my words few is both challenging and wise. It's hard to do this when you are talkative and enjoy conversation. It's hard to do this when you have a million thoughts, on a hamster wheel, in your brain. It's hard when you feel the need to talk, in order to understand.
But I'm learning a new way. Surprisingly, listening is more rewarding than hearing yourself speak or even having someone affirm what you have to share.
Speaking less and listening more. There's so much wisdom in it and I'm already seeing how it is beneficial in so many ways.
So, it makes sense that I share few words on this chapter. It's a subject that is difficult to understand let alone converse about. Money is powerful, polarizing and scary, for many people. Keeping my words few will allow for you to share and for us to let chapter three really sink in. Perhaps the best conclusions from this chapter will come, months from now, when we heartfully asking the Lord to reveal His plans.
There are so many discussions that could stream from this chapter. I don't really know where to start or if I even should start with a specific talking point.
What I DO know is what I, personally, was able to take away from this chapter. The ideas were simple, yet profound.
These were my heartfelt take-aways.
1.) Every purchase, big or small, needs to be considered.
2.) Frugality offers me the options of a simple life and a life where I can give more to others.
3.) Having money, a home, clothes, cars and other material possessions isn't a right, it's a privilege. Be mindful that it can/will be gone, someday.
4.) Just because everyone around me lives a certain way, means nothing.
5.) If I already have something, the impulse to buy another comes from somewhere. Investigate.
For myself, this chapter is yet another piece of the puzzle I've been putting together lately. Simplicity, in its truest form, means understanding what is most important and investing in that. Not being sidelined and distracted by the seemingly urgent "needs" of the present. Ironically, that foundational truth doesn't come so simply....but I'm still striving.
Now, it's your turn. Share with us!