“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19–21
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11–12
“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” Mark 10:21
“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” Mother Teresa
“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.” Harold Kushner
“Avoid getting wrapped up in things – especially status purchases – as these often come at the expense of people and relationships.” Wanda Urbanska
How can we take practical steps to simplify our lives in order to allow for a more wholehearted focus on Jesus. Environmentalist and author Ruth Valerio discusses the importance of simplicity as we look to practise the way of Jesus in the 21st century.