“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
*My thoughts: To me, this is the root/base of simple living, minimalism, un-cluttering, de-cluttering, or whatever fancy term you would like to call it. We brought nothing with us when we were born and we will take nothing with us when we die. Therefore, the things we have while we are on this Earth are just temporary. For me, this puts everything into perspective – even if I were to have the most expensive/newest/best items in this life – it would not matter. I am not going to be able to take them with me when I die. On the flip side, if I can’t afford or don’t have the room or time for the most expensive/newest/best items – that is perfectly fine since I wouldn’t be able to take them with me when I die anyways. Therefore, as long as my basic need are met – I shall be content.