Simplify Your Life: Investing in Eternity

 

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We have been challenged lately on the topic of investment. When we come to the end of our lives, what will really matter? Although Nordstrom would have us believe it, I can tell you we won’t be regretting what we didn’t buy. Last weekend, David Carroll from Gospel for Asia spoke at Salem Heights Church. He told story after story of people in the most spiritually dark parts of the world giving their lives for the Gospel. Willingly accepting death and persecution so that others would know life. And was it worth it? They thought so. People now know Christ and are saved because of their sacrifice.

In light of Eternity, the thought of spending our lives merely accumulating things seems amazingly empty. So many souls in this world live without hope, without peace, without knowing the redemption from their sin and guilt that is available to them. In fact approximately 2 out of every 5 people in our world have never heard the Gospel. Meanwhile, in America, we hold the wealth that could enable faithful workers to go into these dark places in the world with the light of the Gospel. 

Families that make more than $10,000 a year (that probably includes all of us) are wealthier than 84% of the world. Those that make $50,000 a year make more than 99% of the world. What does that mean for American Christians? We are in a unique position to impact the world for Eternity. If we chose to simplify our lives even a little so that others would have the opportunity to hear the Gospel, we could make a HUGE impact in our world. We challenge you to pray that God would give you eyes to see the world in light of Eternity. How can you use the resources God has given you to impact the world? Maybe you can support a missionary, or give towards a ministry that reaches out to the most vulnerable and poor in the world. Maybe God will call you to go, or to pray.

We have been personally challenged as we realized how often we think about providing for our own comforts. We have justified our desires so many times over the needs of others. We need God to give us a fresh view of His perspective. We desire to invest our lives in people, who are of eternal value, and in the end, we will only regret that we did not give more for our Savior.

 

Simplify: Learning to Let Go

It is amazing how much stuff 2 people can accumulate. Especially if the yearly summer clean out was skipped over a few years in a row due to travelling overseas for camps. We have 2 really good reasons to hold on to less. 1) We need to make room for our baby (and all the gadgets and clothes that come with having a baby) and 2) We are preparing to move into a different place in the fall. So last Saturday we went at it. We took 2 car loads of stuff to Goodwill and at least 7 bags of trash out. Ahhh… so much better. We won’t miss any of it either.

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The next challenge will be selling some of our furniture and kitchen appliances. If you or someone you know is having a garage sale this summer, let us know! We are selling our round table (+ 6 chairs), dressers (x3), a cedar chest, loveseat and oversized chair, and kitchen appliances. If you are interested in any of those items and would like to support our ministry that way, send us a message and we can get you details. We didn’t show you an after picture of our storage room. That’s because, well, it is still in progress. Hopefully soon it will be a sweet place for our little one on the way.