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Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World by Richard J. Foster
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“Silence frees us from the need to control others. One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. We are accustomed to relying upon words to manage and control others. A frantic stream of words flows from us in an attempt to straighten others out. We want so desperately for them to agree with us, to see things our way. We evaluate people, judge people, condemn people. We devour people with our words. Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on that.

When we become quiet enough to let go of people, we learn compassion for them.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Jesus Christ and all the writers of the New Testament call us to break free of mammon lust and live in joyous trust...They point us toward a way of living in which everything we have we receive as a gift, and everything we have is cared for by God, and everything we have is available to others when it is right and good. This reality frames the heart of Christian simplicity. It is the means of liberation and power to do what is right and to overcome the forces of fear and avarice.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“And so I urge you to still every motion that is not rooted in the Kingdom. Become quiet, hushed, motionless until you are finally centered. Strip away all excess baggage and nonessential trappings until you have come into the stark reality of the Kingdom of God. Let go of all distractions until you are driven into the Core. Allow God to reshuffle your priorities and eliminate unnecessary froth. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, 'Pray for me that I not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.' That is our first task: to grip the hands of Jesus with such tenacity that we are obliged to follow his lead, to seek first his Kingdom.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“But, and here comes the rub, all of us feel that we are in complete control of our desire for things. We would never admit to an ungovernable spirit of covetousness. The problem is that we, like the alcoholic, are unable to recognize the disease once we have been engulfed by it. Only by the help of others are we able to detect the inner spirit that places wealth about God. And we must come to fear the idolatrous state of covetousness because the moment things have priority, radical obedience becomes impossible.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Thinking is the hardest work we can do, and among the most important”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“The goal of work is not to gain wealth and possessions, but to serve the common good and bring glory to God.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
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“Simplicity enables us to live lives of integrity in the face of the terrible realities of our global village.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“God's blessing is not for personal aggrandizement, but to benefit and bless all the peoples of the earth. To understand the distinction makes all the difference in the world. The theology of wealth says, 'I give so that I can get.' Christian simplicity says, 'I get so that I can give.' The difference is profound.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“The tithe simply is not a sufficiently radical concept to embody the carefree unconcern for possessions that marks life in the Kingdom of God. ...

It is quite possible to tithe and at the same time oppress the poor and needy. ...

The tithe is not necessarily evil' it simply cannot provide a sufficient base for Jesus' call to carefree unconcern over provision. ...

Perhaps the tithe can be a beginning way to acknowledge God as the owner of all things, but it is only a beginning and not an ending.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Begin now to obey Him in every way you can. Start right where you are, in the midst of all the tasks that press in upon you. Do not wait for some future time when you will have more time or be more perfect in knowledge.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“In a world of limited resources, our wealth is at the expense of the poor. To put it simply, if we have it, others cannot.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“I am not posing these questions only to the world at large. I query us who own Christ as our life. Can God be pleased by the vast and increasing inequities among us? Is he not grieved by our arrogant accumulation, while Christian brothers and sisters elsewhere languish and die? Is it not obligatory upon us to see beyond the nose of our own national interest, so that justice may roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream? Is there not an obligation upon us to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God is we want to live in his wonderful peace?”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience. We need to be lighthearted in what we do to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride. Our work is jubilant, carefree, merry. Utter abandonment to God is done freely and with celebration. And so I urge you to enjoy this ministry of self-surrender. Don't push too hard. Hold this work lightly, joyfully.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“The Good News must be backed by integrity in our lives. We cannot proclaim His love if we close our hearts to the hungry. We cannot proclaim His salvation if we have not been saved from our own greed. Flamboyant, prosperous Christians are an offense to third world peoples by their insensitivity to the poverty and human deprivation, whether they come as traveling evangelists or sight-seeing vacationers.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Our lifestyle is not our private affair. We dare not allow each person to do what is right in his or her own eyes. The Gospel demands more of us: it is obligatory upon us to help one another hammer out the shape of Christian simplicity in the midst of modern affluence.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“There is a need today for what I call prophetic simplicity. We need voices of dissent that point to another way, creative models that take exception to the givens of society.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“People need the truth. It does them no good to remain ignorant. They need the freedom that comes through the grace of simplicity. And if we are to bring the whole counsel of God, we must give attention to these issues that enslave people so savagely.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Extremes of wealth and poverty are a scandal to Christian brotherhood. They must not be allowed.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“Do we see a college education, for example, as a ticket to privilege or as a training for service to the needy? What do we teach our teenagers in this matter? Do we urge them to enter college because it will better equip them to serve? Or do we try to bribe them with promises of future status and salary increases? No wonder they graduate more deeply concerned about their standard of living than about suffering humanity. As”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity:: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. —G. K. Chesterton”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity:: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“We too are yoked to One who is trained. Our only task is to keep in step with him. He chooses the direction and leads the way. As we walk step by step with him, we soon discover that we have lost the crushing burden of needing to take care of ourselves and get our own way, and we discover that the burden is indeed light. We come into the joyful, simple life of hearing and obeying.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity:: Finding Harmony in a Complex World
“The unreasoned boast abounds that the good life is found in accumulation, that “more is better.”
Richard J. Foster, Freedom of Simplicity:: Finding Harmony in a Complex World