Uncluttered by Money: 22 February

Budgeting

"Obedience, together with temperance, brings even wild beasts into subjection," said Anthony the Great.

Reading: Matt 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Thought

The desert dwellers understood how difficult it is to realise the full impact of our impulsive acts. Their remedy, the sharing of thoughts an actions to an elder (we might say a mentor), prevented young and inexperienced monks from blindly following their own senses

Amma Syncletia put it, "We who have chosen this way of life must obtain perfect tem­perance. At all times, a lack of moderation is destructive".

A loving spiritual mentor can become the guide who saves us from succumbing to our most scatter-brained impulses. Sometimes, we simply need to talk with someone whose years of hands-on experience gives the ability to show us what we desperately needed to learn. Such people are rare, although we are train people as fast as we can to do this role.

In the absence of a good mentor, we can at least try to rein in our impulsive behaviour by realistically budgeting our time, energy, or money. A lifestyle, which uses up resources we do not have, is not sustainable and ultimately leads to some form of disintegration

Action

I’m going to sit down, on the train as it happens, and draw up a budget that might can help me live within my resources.

Prayer

Today, I pray Lord, for clarity of vi­sion, to see what is my blind enthusiasm and unnecessary stress.