In January, I noticed my family was in a bind financially. To curtail expenses, we didn’t go out to eat once. Every meal we ate was prepared at home with ingredients purchased at a grocery store. A friend recommended a site that has helped me immensely.
I also want to be less reliant on money itself so my husband picked up a book called The Moneyless Man. It is about a guy who set himself up so he could go a whole year without spending money and be more environmentally conscious. The American Dream has become my American nightmare. I’m pushing back because I’ve felt so empty lately. The American status quo has left me embittered, hurt, and struggling. I don’t want to do that anymore. There has got to be so much more than living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to pay medical bills, and not seeing God’s hand. Last night I unplugged, read a book, and for the first time in a long time, was content. I notice that the more I move away from technology, which society tells me I need, and the less I satiate the immediate gratification, the more blissful I am.
Feel free to journey with me and refer to the list below of helpful sites. Start saving and enjoying more authentic community:
livingrichwithcoupons***(This site is a HUGE help; the one my friend shared with me)
Facebook community: Justfortheloveofit (Mark Boyle—The Moneyless Man; Freeconomic)
These are just to name a few. There are others that help reduce travel costs like Couchsurfers and AirBB.
I will continue to look for more aid to reduce my monthly bills and every day spending.
Don’t buy into the notion that materialism can get you happiness. It hasn’t for me. Where our treasure is, there are heart is too. As a friend once said to me, “Let us be more about people and having attachments to them than to things.” Comfort is relative and I want to find my comfort in Christ by living radically, authentically, and in sincere community. Let us usher in Christ’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Biblical living as seen in Acts doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. God’s word is living and relevant, not archaic. We are the vessels he uses to spread his word, his mercy, his hope, and the best message. We can’t carry that message though if we don’t live with people and form communities. It starts with us. Be the change you want to see. Love the Lord your God above all else and your neighbor as yourself. It isn’t materialism that will glorify God, but people humbling laying down idols to pursue him, corporately worshiping him in authentic community.