The Complexity of Simplicity (2 of 2) by Ed Rowell

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The Complexity of Simplicity (2 of 2)
Ed Rowell, Teaching Pastor
Matthew 6: 1-8, 19-34
January 23, 2002

I read recently about a gal named Lauriann Harshman, who got off the bus one afternoon after work, only to discover she had left her purse on board. She called the company and was relieved to discover that the driver had found her bag and it was waiting for her at the bus depot. When she went to pick it up, for some reason, several off-duty bus drivers surrounded her. One man handed her the pocketbook, along with a two typewritten page inventory of what was in it, and then finally, the former contents of her purse in a large box. "We're required to inventory lost wallets and purses," he explained. "I think you'll find everything there."

As she started to put her belongings back into the pocketbook, she noticed a crowd of drivers had gathered around. The man who gave her the stuff back said, "Oh, I hope you don't mind if we watch. We all tried, but none of us could fit all that stuff back into your purse. We'd like to see just how you do it."
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Lauriann, if you are here tonight, dear, this message is for you. Tonight's teaching is part two of a look at the spiritual discipline of simplicity.

Rick has been teaching in a series the past several Sundays on the subject of "Breathing Room." We've been challenged to uncomplicate and declutter our emotional life, our schedule, our budget—our life.

Everyone I've talked to has really resonated with this series. We live in a time of unprecedented demands on our time and attention, and we only have so much to give. We hear Rick's advice and our hearts agree that we need to make some changes. But how? Is it even possible to live life at a reasonable pace, short of checking in to a monastery some place?

Rick has given us some helpful application along the way, but there's only so much anyone can accomplish in 40 minutes. So I asked to c ...


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