Have you really considered the advantages of living simple? I refer to downsizing materialism? I love these benefits and would not trade them for a free luxury car or motor home! I’m quite serious.
- Older cars and less costly housing have some real blessings. Disposable income goes up. It’s like getting a big raise at work! Or reducing hours worked.
- Lower budget means lower stress, less hassles more peace.
- Avoiding possessions and hobbies that soak up time and budget give more time for what really matters – relating to those we love. RVs, swimming pools, boats, excessive golf, hobby time, can soak up a lot of precious hours, energy and quality family time. How many flexible hours do you have daily – four, six?
- Why try to keep up with the “Jones”? A lot of them are going broke, losing their homes. Why be jerked around by others’ attitudes? How toadish. Is that not peer pressure?
- I refuse to let pride or some ad agency dictate when and how much I will pay for a ride – certainly not half a year’s income or more. Think outside the box . . . their box. Is it better to be inner directed or outer directed?
If one can buy luxury items without big debt that is one option. But I still say, that simple is better. If one loses his job will he lose his ride too? My truck is old but it is paid for. Less is more.
“Money is a necessary means but a disappointing end.” – unknown.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon. [riches] . . . And why are you so anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the fields grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these.” (Matt. 6.24,28,29 NAS).