To Live Simply, as a Pilgrim

This morning, I chanced upon this article in Time magazine by Alysha Germain –

http://time.com/3850418/life-lessons-small-house/

Apparently, Germain’s story was featured widely elsewhere e.g.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3068188/Alysha-St-Germain-reveals-children-came-terms-death-husband-moving-tiny-house.html

And in her article, she cross-referenced to how to create a 33 piece wardrobe (applicable to men too); http://www.xojane.com/clothes/project-33-capsule-wardrobe and to http://theproject333.com/, on how to live simply.

 

While I was dwelling on the above, a close brother WhatsApp what he termed as an“impactful video” = about how one’s perspective on life changes, when one realizes that life is short after experiencing cancer :-

http://aplus.com/a/random-people-vs-cancer-patients-answer-same-questions-on-life?so=CC4aWTBQ2dv2WsqaBAkuPZ&ref=ns

Uncanny indeed – how these truths are reinforced, and brings to mind again of 1 Peter 2:11.

I ‘WhatsApp back, that there is a command in scriptures for us to live as pilgrims and sojourners, and that in all of scriptures, there isn’t any command for us to be healthy and wealthy, other than a wish and prayer to be in health in 3 John; ( and earthly wealth is never even implied).  John’s wish and prayer is not surprising, conscious of matters of health, as with all old people who are frail and feeble.  Yet above all 3 John specifically, categorically and primarily states “as your soul prospers”

Increasingly I am amazed and question the position of those who frequently proclaim and declare health and wealth as a given for believers.  This focus might entrench people to embrace this earthly life rather than arranging our lives to live as a pilgrm.

I have also been reading Romans these past days.  Paul argues and proclaims that the givens for our faith and our position in Christ – salvation, sanctification, righteousness, victory, etc etc. – all pertaining to the state of our soul and spirit, and nothing at all about health and wealth.  It is sad how the preoccupations of the WOF proponents have eclipsed and minimized the explicit scriptural teachings for our sanctification and spirituality with that of the wellness and wealth of our earthy abode.  Clearly contradictory to the categorical command to live as pilgrims and sojourners.

Three years ago, my wife and me decided to downgrade our living space.  It took us a few months to go through our belongings and discard or give away items we could do without.  Most of the hundreds of books were given away, mostly to a Christian College in the Philippines. Our smaller flat, a Studio Apartment (one third the size of our previous apartment, which is empty now) would be ready in the later part of next year.

When friends ask where are we staying now after we moved out of our apartment, we would reply we are living out of a backpack – ha ha.

Meanwhile, without a proper home, we are staying with two of our daughters, storing a few pieces of clothes in each of the daughters’ home.  In the weekdays, we would go over to the eldest with a simple backpack of clothes and essentials, and then moving over to stay with the youngest daughter in the weekends; only carrying a backpack back and forth.

Since being convicted by 1 Peter 2:11, it was indeed uncanny that I would get a sampling taste of living simply and travelling light.

 

1 Peter 2:11

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

 

Hebrews 11:13

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 

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