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Trade Paperback
208 pages
Jan 2006
Broadman & Holman

Living With Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life

by Mark Tabb

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More is Less, preface

This isn’t a book that will tell you how to squeeze more out of an already-packed schedule. Nor will it tell you how to find both material comfort and spiritual bliss. You will not find the path to the simple life in which you and your family will live in perfect peace and harmony. I wish you could, but perfect peace and harmony cannot be found this side of heaven. Instead, this is a book about making one of the most difficult decisions any of us will ever make – the decision to choose less out of lile so that you might find what you really want. The only way to enjoy life is to choose to live with less, for less is more.

Enough is Enough, chapter 7

When it comes to debt, you are probably average or above. That’s why you picked up a book on simplifying and downsizing your life. Most of the stress that makes us feel the need to change our lifestyles comes either through our finances or our schedules. We’re worn out from trying to make ends meet with a mortgage, college loans, car loans, and credit card bills, along with the frenzy of trying to squeeze in everything we want to do into the space of each twenty-four-hour period. So show me how to get my life under control, you say. Take me to that simpler life where I don’t have to worry about money 24/7.

You’ve already read about hoe you need to lean on God for your security rather than on your possessions. The last chapter told you to give stuff away, so that your possessions will stop possessing you. The final key to simplifying your financial life and keeping material goods from blocking a life that matters is just as simple: be content with what you have. Let God’s just enough be enough.

Time. Chapter 10

The time we have been given is a treasure. We can spend it however we want, but we cannot save it. Time passes whether we want it to or not, and there’s nothing we can do to change that fact. Nor do we ultimately get to keep anything on which we spend it. We check out of this life exactly as we walked in, empty-handed. However, we will have to answer to the One who gave us the time…

Thinking of time as a treasure entrusted to use changes our perspective completely… We should then ask ourselves every day, How am I spending the treasure God has entrusted to me?