by Brent Taylor

In my work designing and building homes, I’ve noticed a recent trend. Simplicity. I would even go so far as to call it by a Hebrew name, Shalom.

Less is more, smaller is better, less clutter, less stuff, more shalom.

Shalom is a Hebrew word and it does mean peace, but that’s not all.

According to Strong’s Concordance, Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

There is only one way to find true shalom – and that is in God. Many search for fulfillment and happiness in material possessions, money, sex, entertainment. But those things do nothing to fill the void in our soul that only God can fill! Those things only serve to distract us from finding true peace…the shalom that can only come from Him who created us.

Come to our Wednesday night class to hear about real ways to integrate the practice of spiritual disciplines into the way of living like Christ in simple ways that align our thoughts and practices with those of the God.

I recently discovered a book that I love. It’s called Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster. From some of these disciplines of the heart, here are 10 practical biblical principles for living out inward simplicity in your life.

  1. Buy things for their usefulness and not their status.
  2. Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.
  3. Develop a habit of giving things away.
  4. Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry.
  5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
  6. Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation.
  7. Look with a healthy skepticism at all ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes.
  8. Obey Jesus instructions about plain, honest speech.
  9. Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others.
  10. Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God.
John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.