I totally geek out on the Lord of the Rings movies, and one of my favorite quotes is from Bilbo that goes something like this: "...it is brought home to me...it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." I've always really loved that part. I'm not really sure why. I think it is because there seems to be something really freeing about living a simple life. But I was asking myself this morning: Does a simple life have to be a small life?
In the NIV translation, Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to see the bigger picture and "open wide your hearts". The Message says it like this: "I can't tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn't fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way...Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!"
Earlier in the letter, Paul talked about how this life is temporary, and that our main goal should be to please God, regardless of our conditions.(ch. 5 vs. 9)
Which leaves me with the following thoughts:
* How do I please God?
* Would my life look different if I asked that question every day?
* How can I live a simple life in a big way?
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