I read these phrases today in a book called "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper and they've been whirling around in my mind and stirring in my heart ever since. "We are more American than we are Christian. We seek more comfort, more fun, more stuff, etc." (This is me speaking!) If we truly live as Christ followers, then we would take risks, seek to give our lives away for others, deny ourselves and choose to live simple lives. In regards to stuff, Piper writes "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." As stewards of all that Christ gives, we should desire less and thus be able to live more abundantly with what we do have and what we are given for the glory of God.
Oh Jesus, I want to live like this!