I love the trick of learning with acronyms. I still remember the one we used to learn the order of the planets: Mr. Valentine Eats Many Jelly Sandwiches Under Neath the Porch. Although these days scientists would argue that I'd have to stop at Neath (which would make no sense), since apparently Pluto is no longer a planet. And I don't get that. Poor Pluto, it's enjoyed the prestige of being a planet all these years...even had a famous dog named after it...and now scientists have arbitrarily decided it's not worthy of planet status?!
Okay. Back to the point.
Remember I shared one acronym here? Now I have another:
In order to create a simple life, I'm having to make daily sacrifices. Some are easier than others, but I've just encountered a tough spot with my commitment not to buy any books this year.
Leslie is hosting a book club.
She's starting with a book I REALLY want to read. I don't own it, my local library doesn't have it, and neither does my church library. I have a friend who said I could borrow hers. Still, I'd like to highlight and dog-ear my own copy. I've been in a quandry over this one, because I don't want to break my commitment (my friends think I'll never make it). I know I shouldn't break the commitment, even if I want to justify it by telling myself that surely the Lord wants me to be an Excellent Wife and this sacrifice may be a little too much.
But it's not about sacrificing the book. It's about sacrificing my pride and my desires. It's about sacrificing my need to have control in the situation. It's about letting go and trusting Him to provide.
Honestly, I thought I already own this book. I'm still not so sure I didn't purge it at some point. Before even reading it. Which is exactly why I don't need to buy any more books.
If I truly want to have a simple life, I've got to sacrifice. There's no other way. I'm praying, letting go and giving it to God.
This is harder than I thought and I'm not exactly happy about it. But the life I want is worth it. I just know it is.