We intend to reexamine our lives

I’ve been reading my way through the Lausanne Paper on Simple Living. It’s rich and deep well to draw from. Full of Biblical reflection, mission mindedness, compassionate hearts and a desire to live faithful to Jesus’ teachings. Here’s one of the many challenges:

“We intend to reexamine our income and expenditure, in order to manage on less and give away more. We lay down no rules or regulations, for either ourselves or others. Yet we resolve to renounce waste and oppose extravagance in personal living, clothing and housing, travel and church buildings. We also accept the distinction between necessities and luxuries, creative hobbies and empty status symbols, modesty and vanity, occasional celebrations and normal routine, and between the service of God and slavery to fashion. Where to draw the line requires conscientious thought and decision by us, together with members of our family. Those of us who belong to the West need the help of our Third World brothers and sisters in evaluating our standards of spending.”

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