During the month of June, I’m going to preach about what it looks like for us to live as people of enough. To prepare, I’ve read several books and discovered that I probably could preach about this topic for the rest of the year. The book titles will give you a clue what I mean and why this is such an important topic for us today:
- Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just one Word by Laurie McCammon
- Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess by Will Samson
- The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz
- Enough: Finding More By Living With Less by Will David, Jr.
- Simpler Living, Compassionate Life edited and complied by Michael Schut
We live in a world with overflowing closets and garages too full to park our cars in, a world in which people spend more on storage than many people in underdeveloped countries spend on housing. What does it say about the state of our souls when we open a closet or cupboard and things fall out? That Americans spend an average of 40 minutes a week playing with children and six hours a week shopping?
The best of the books that I have been reading is by Wayne Muller. He also wrote a book entitled Sabbath that has had a great influence on my life. While I work two fulltime jobs, I strive diligently to honor the concept of Sabbath and have kept one day a week to spend with Bill for most of our 35 years together. The title of Muller’s book I am reading now describes why I’m doing this sermon series: A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough.
Like Sabbath-keeping, discovering this reality is essential if modern humans are going to remain sane and healthy. More importantly, though, learning the principle of enough is the only hope that we who call ourselves Christians will finally stop embarrassing Jesus by how we live our lives.
Rev. Michael Piazza