LinkO-the Stuff Version

May 30, 2009

in Everyday Lessons

I hope you’ve had a good week and have a great weekend planned.  Can anyone tell me where May went? I’m excited to have some down time with my best friend (my husband).  We’ve had a series of events recently that have reminded me how silly material possessions are.  Check out some of the links below to inspire yourself to invest in things that can’t be sold at a yard sale.

Oh yeah, and we’re up and running with the Summer Reading next week.  Even if you haven’t purchased the book, I hope you’ll join us in the YOU CAN CHANGE project.

My Stuff-This week,  a little project I did with my little girl was featured on one of the blogs I enjoy-Simple Kids.  If you’re looking for a little craft for kiddos that teaches but doesn’t involve big purchases or lots of space, check it out.

Story of Stuff-If you’re wanting some redemptive television time that doesn’t make you want to run to the mall and buy the newest thing, watch this.  I don’t agree with everything she says, but some of the points are amazingly poignant.

You Can’t Buy Beauty, but You Can DO It-I love this fresh take on what’s really beautiful.

Don’t Save Stuff for Later-I love this Frugal Dad post about why it’s okay to get rid of stuff.  We just had a yard sale and I think I could have 3 more.  It feels so great to say goodbye to things that were just taking up space.  I want time for what matters most…so no more STUFF.

An Irresistible Find-You’ll never find something as worthy of an investment as this.

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1 Frugal Dad May 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

Thanks for sharing the post from Frugal Dad with your readers! The Story of Stuff was a nice find – interesting ideas!

Frugal Dad’s last blog post..Review Of Lending Club Progress

2 Megan at Simple Kids May 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

Thanks again for sharing your amazing project with us this week!

I love Story of Stuff. It had a profound impact on me. In fact, I should probably watch it again. I should watch it every time I have a trip to the mall planned. :)

Fantastic links. Thanks for sharing!

Megan at Simple Kids’s last blog post..SK Showcase and Weekend Links

3 Lora May 31, 2009 at 9:01 am

Story of stuff = great.

Thanks for constantly challenging me to think and grow and learn.

Lora’s last blog post..Contentment: the sneaky sin.

4 CL June 4, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Great links.

“The story of stuff” is saying materialism = bad. Yes… but do you see where they are going with that hook? They’re looking to the government to take care of people. The more we depend on the government to provide for us (shouldn’t that be God’s job?), the more it controls us.

Stuff in and of itself is not the problem. Maybe “the story of stuff” is suggesting we feel guilty (!) for using lots of stuff & being wealthy. Instead, I think the Bible directs us to learn to be responsible & wise (like Solomon, the richest man of his time) given our time and place in history (Acts 17:26).

Adore your blog!

5 burningbushes June 5, 2009 at 7:36 am

You’ve made some good points. I certainly agree that the government can’t fix all our problems. The video, in lots of ways, simplifies things and doesn’t tell the whole story.
To me, the most striking part was the way we can easily associate our consumption with our worth. This may not be true for everyone, and I’m not blaming it on the government. But, I certainly do that…I tend to see myself as ‘better’ when I have new goodies or provide new goodies for my family. That’s the point that struck me in the video. I don’t think the point was to make us feel guilty, at least I didn’t get that. Instead, I thought the point was to challenge our perceptions and remind us that there can be a new normal for us…where we value people over things.

Thanks for your great points. Totally agree that we should be responsible and wise with where we are at this point in time.

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