The ancient Celts said, “The one to whom little is not enough will not benefit from more.” They understood something about simplicity. Subtraction is about laying ourselves bare before the Lord. In fact, Jesus said that we must give up all our possessions to follow him (Luke 18) – that’s very bare, but when we do it, we experience more.
Living more with less is also demonstrated in the mustard seed (Mt 13). Most people look at a mustard seed and don’t see much. But when we’re living in a more with less perspective, we can look beyond what is immediately apparent to see the fruitful plant it may one day become. This posture leads us to celebrate what is present instead of grasping for what we lack. It sees us letting go with one hand while receiving with the other. It is a mindset that allows us to revel in God’s presence wherever we see him and leaves us living with a festive sense of enough in the Kingdom of endless possibilities.
– SSU alumnus, Andy Wood, in a post from the Vineyard Justice Network