This edition from Simon and Schuster has been totally revised with expanded teachings and a study guide. Available in stores and online now!


   
Connect with Clare and others
about the book


Read what these people are saying about The 10 Second Rule
Click Here to Read Their Endorsements


  • Bill Hybels
  • Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Chip Ingram
  • Ed Dobson
  • Dick DeVos
  • Betty Huizenga
  • John Ortberg
  • Joe Stowell
  • David Green
  • Jim Samra
  • John Guest
  • Bob Buford
  • And More...
Free Resources (more)



4079 Park East Court, Suite 102
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
P. 616-942-0041
E.

The 10 Second Rule™ is a registered trademark.
Comments & Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions
Archives
2

Twelve Ideas for Resisting the Temptation for More
Posted by Clare
Send This Post to a Friend Send This Post to a Friend

A few days ago I blogged on, Fear and Faith in Times of Economic Crisis. As we try to simplify our life and learn to be content with what God has provided, the world is still out there tempting us.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the father but from the world.” I John 2:15-16

Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of twelve practical ideas others and I have used to turn our attention away from the world. Here they are:

1. Don’t buy, or read magazines that encourage and tempting you to desire “more”.

2. Cancel all catalogs offering items you can’t afford or tempt you to buy things you don’t need.

3. For your next car, choose a less expensive one than the one you currently own.

4. Own no more than one car per driver in your family.

5. Consider a “clothing fast”. (or a fast on whatever it is you really want, but don’t need.) No new clothes or even shopping for new clothes for six months.

6. Make a personal commitment not to visit stores or websites, which have tempted you in the past to covet or purchase things you don’t need.

7. Don’t watch programs or go to websites that celebrate style, luxury, glamour and tempt you to greed or envy.

8. Make a commitment to vacation in hotels 25% less expensive than you have used in the past.

9. Make a commitment to purposefully reduce recreational shopping both in brick and mortar stores and online.

10. Consider the “need” for your children to participate in expensive camps, hobbies, sports activities or education programs.

11. Consider what services could be done around your home by you, with your children, instead of by paid service providers. (You both might learn something!)

12. What hobbies do you have that you’d be embarrassed to try justifying the cost and time to Jesus?

If you decide to do any of these things, I’d advise telling another Christian and ask them to pray for you and hold you accountable.

Question: Do you have other good ideas you’d be willing to share with us?

Following Jesus in Real Life

 

Send This Post to a Friend Send This Post to a Friend
Share on Twitter
Share on Facebook
Would You Like to Subscribe to this Blog
Comments (2)
Comments
  1. Mike Holton said...

    Clare: have tried to discipline myself to give something up if I buy something new. For example: I still enjoy hunting and wanted a new firearm this year. Decided to give up a “collectors rifle,” that I had. Did not want to but that “voice” chose to offer another opinion anyway! I try to “give up” equal to or better than…

    Reply
  2. Mike Holton said...

    Forgot to mention, what is given up in items or if sold, the money, is donated.

    Reply
Leave a Comment
To leave a comment on this post, please fill out the form below.






Hey, let's talk about a few ground rules so this will be a great experience for all of us.

1. I reserve the right to delete or not post comments that in my opinion are not God-honoring, critical of any person, or off topic. If in doubt, please read My Comments and Privacy Policy.

2. I require an email address with every comment, or post for accountability, but it won't be displayed with your post.

3. I'll never sell or share any user’s email address or personal information collected from comments, posts, subscriptions or gathered from purchases from our store.

4. Please do your best to keep comments or postings brief, or they may not be posted.