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Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
By Adam Hamilton
- Are there signs of affluenza and credit-it is in your life? What most effectively fuels your desire for more?
- What is next on your list of desired items to purchase? Would you say you have more stuff than you have room for, just the right amount, or less stuff than you need?
- How would you define or describe your life purpose? What are three goals that can help you achieve this life purpose? What are some financial goals that can help support your life goals and purpose?
- According to Hebrews 12:5-6, what is both our motivation and empowerment for being content with what we have? What effect does contentment have on our outlook and attitude?
- Read Luke 12:15. How are these words of Jesus contrary to the message of the world? What steps can you take to "be on guard" against materialism and greed in your everyday life?
- Read Ecclesiastes 2:10-11. What things and pleasures to which you devote your time, energy, and money are "vanity and a chasing after wind?"
- What are some practical ways you can reduce your personal consumption and the production of waste in your life? What are three tangible goals you can set?
- Are there major changes you can make related to your activities, job, home, car, or other possessions that would allow you to simplify your life? What is one significant change you will strive to make in the coming year?
- Read Acts 4:32-35. How was the church in Acts defined by generosity? What ways would your life change if you were defined by generosity?
- Read Luke 12:41-48. How much do you believe you have been given? How close are you to doing all that you can do with what you have been given? What practical steps can you take to increase your generosity in the next twelve months?
- Read Deuteronomy 8:3. This is one of many verses in the Bible regarding a proper perspective on life. Is it possible for you to reset your outlook to the one suggested here, the one suggested so many times by Jesus? If your own economic status has been reduced, or even if you have maintained what you had before, in what ways can you see the measure of your life in spiritual rather than economic terms? Can you be happy with less financially and look instead for spiritual riches?
- If you've experienced difficulties because of an economic downturn, have they affected your charitable giving?
2/1/2012 5:00:00 AM