I filled this wheelbarrow twice this morning and there will be at least another two…I have started the process of ‘simplifying’ my den and that is involving chucking out a lot of books that I shall never look at again because a) I no longer agree with them (!), b) I do not want to pass them on to anyone else, c) I don’t want anyone else to have to do the job!! Now, there might be a few (maybe) that I shall wish I’d kept, but hey ho!
(NB If anyone out there decides to chuck my own book out in due course, feel free)
Many of the books are in my possession because I like buying books and they appealed to me at the time and were probably recommended during some talk or other at Spring Harvest etc. I have also inherited some weighty inspired looking tombs and (honesty time!) I like the look of them on my shelves and like to think they might impress people. Pathetic, I know, but hey ho again!!
When and if I buy any more books (and feel free to hold me accountable on this) I hope and pray that I will be discerning, actually read them and that they will water my soul. At the moment, I have a voracious appetite for Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, Wm Paul Young, Bran Zahnd, Brad Jersak, Mary Oliver, Teresa of Avila and a whole host of contemplatives and mystics, so I wonder where that might lead…?!
Once again, I find God in all things (‘Everything makes soup’, as the Italians say) and as I reflect on this simplifying I note…
- My spiritual journey is dynamic, exciting and in a different place to 10, 15, 20, 30 years ago. I used to say that I became a Christian in July 1984; in reality, I am still becoming one and I need to remain ‘on my toes’ for the the next steps…
- Letting go, shedding, simplifying, chucking out that which no longer brings us joy is good for the soul – its a fantastic feeling, actually!
- I need to pray regularly that God will keep me from being more concerned about what something looks like than what is really going on in my heart.
To be continued…
PS You will be forgiven for trying to pick out some of the titles. Ha!