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Only 100 Things?

August 13, 2010

A friend (and parishioner from St. Bede’s–the church where I worked out in California), just sent me an email alerting me to a blog post he has written–in which he invites everyone he knows to imagine living their lives with only 100 things.

He was inspired by this article from the New York Times that reports how a young couple from Portland, Oregon–named Tammy Strobel and Logan Smith–systematically eliminated much of the stuff from their lives over 3 years. And then Strobel got really serious and decided to pair everything back such that she now owns only 100 things for her own personal use. As the Times puts it, “She owns four plates, three pairs of shoes and two pots.”

All this makes me think of the readings from the Gospel of Luke that we’ve encountered the last two Sundays, in which Jesus warns us not to worry so much about storing up “earthly” things, and that God can come like “a thief in the night” and take all our stuff, so we might as well keep our hearts and minds focused on what really matters–the knowledge and love of God.

And all that leads me back to Stephen’s sermon from this past Sunday, in which he talked about all that we can learn from Tammy Faye Baker (truly!) about gaining and losing our earthly possessions and struggling to hold on to our faith in the process. If you missed it, you can listen to it by clicking here.

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  1. Murray permalink
    August 13, 2010 12:59 pm

    …”so we might as well keep our hearts and minds focused on what really matters–the knowledge and love of God.”

    Amen to that!

    To me this means I don’t get all worked up into a lather one way or another over stuff, either acquiring more of it or reducing the amount of it to an arbitrary number of items.

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