Would you consider selling or giving away half of what you own? Since ancient times, truth seekers have divested of their possessions in order to go on a deeper search for meaning and union with God. Why? Perhaps because what we own, to some extent, owns us. Our stuff takes time and attention to maintain and occupies a place in our hearts.
Sometimes an experiment can shift our lives and thinking in a way that more modest or incremental steps never can. A few years ago, my small group tried to see how far we were willing to go to live out radical generosity. Inspired by the words of John the Baptist, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same" (Luke 3:11), we decided to sell or give away half of our material possessions, donating the proceeds to global poverty relief.
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