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The twentieth century was the Century of Stuff. We spent money we didn’t have to get Stuff. Then Stuff didn’t meet our needs, so we borrowed more to get new Stuff. Our friends and neighbors got better Stuff, so we ditched what we had to get more in debt for more Stuff. Our homes got too crowded because we had Stuff, so we needed to buy a bigger house, which needed to be filled with more Stuff. The Stuff turned into shackles.
Our world was built upon sand that has collapsed.
Our children can learn not to worship at the False Temple of Stuff. They can learn to distinguish a want from a need. They can honor and worship the one true God and his Son, our Savior. The less distracted we are by Stuff, the more we can see, hear, and experience God.
They will also learn creative problem solving. How do we fix the food chopper after it breaks instead of throwing it out to buy a new one? Can we used milk that’s started to sour for baking? How many meals can a single roast stretch to feed?
Blessings can come from great crises. This year, our kids helped earn the tuition for different classes they took. They learned new skills in the process and suddenly wanted to make the most of their opportunities.
We may face a lifetime of shifting circumstances. God can take all of them and make good things happen. Now’s our chance to show our kids how we can be richer with a simpler world. We have centuries of examples of American ingenuity and tough pioneers.
Less stuff and more God is a good thing. Our struggles now – and our responses to them – can give our children a legacy of character and skills which can impact the world in ways we can’t imagine.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18