LEADERSHIP PODCAST / Relational Practices

Ep.09 Peace Needs a Limit

June 3, 2020 / Justin Anderson, Ilona Trofimovich

In this episode, Ilona and Justin discuss how we allocate our time, talents, and treasures in a way that loves God and neighbor. While the Minimalism movement asks you to question whether something brings you joy, that’s not what the Gospel would compel us to ask about how we spend our minutes, our skills, and our dollars. What should we consider instead? How do we make space for both simplicity and generosity in our lives?

Ideas We Highlight:

  • What Marie Kondo got wrong about simplicity
  • The uncomfortable yet necessary exposure of our own “greed”
  • The danger of being ‘master rationalizers’ of how we spend our time, talents, and treasures
  • The difference between legalism and creating a Rule for Life that shapes how we allocate our resources

Reference:

  • Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World by Kyle David Bennett. Find it on Amazon
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Find it on Amazon.

Reflection:

Begin where you are and take your next step!

  1. Remember: it’s not just about money. Think about your schedule, simplify your commitments, and consider doing at least one thing per week that you don’t like but someone else needs.
  2. But this IS also about money! So consider prayerfully asking the Spirit how to allocate your dollars the next time you sit down to budget, perhaps adding a “Generosity” category or increasing the amount or percent of money you give away weekly or monthly. Consider partnering with an organization like One Day’s Wages.

If you haven’t yet, download the Rule for Life template to reflect on and implement some of the practices from this series.