Thursday, April 22, 2010

dust catchers part 1

scene from our visit last weekend to the farmer's market

Have we had the pollen around here! You too? Thankfully neither of us are allergy sufferers.
Those who are have been miserable.

Because of our windows-open-whenever-possible policy, we have had a lot of pollen in the house too. Even if the windows weren't open, we'd track it in. It is everywhere! Pat washed down the front porch and garage and driveway a few day ago. This weekend, we'll get the back porch.

Tuesday's steady rain washed away the rest of it, so hopefully I can get on top of the dusting now. (Dusting is my least favorite household chore, but the fragrance of the laurel, lilac, rose or holly wafting in through open windows makes it bearable.)

Yesterday I dusted and dusted and dusted. And my thoughts turned to my recent web wanderings regarding minimalism.

If I were a minimalist, I wouldn't have to dust so many things.

I'm not sure what it is about minimalism that intrigues me. The simplicity, yes. The frugality, yes.

And the fact that minimalism reminds me of this passage of Scripture from Luke 12:

15Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '

20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

22Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifea]">[a]? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

I've been pondering these words and wondering if I really believe them. What I mean is, yes I believe them, but is there any evidence of that in how I live my life?

More thoughts on minimalism tomorrow.

loropetalum on the west side of the house

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