Friday, May 23, 2008

Quaker Quotes VI

"Simplicity sets us free to receive the provision of God as a gift that is not ours to keep and can be freely shared with others. Once we recognize that the Bible denounces the materialist and the ascetic with equal vigor, we are prepared to turn our attention to the framing of a Christian understanding of simplicity.

"If what we have we receive as a gift, and if what we have is being cared for by God, and if what we have is available to others, then we will possess freedom from anxiety. This is the inward reality of simplicity."

- Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

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