Saturday, April 10

Dead Weight

Most of us tend to clutter our lives with so much that is unnecessary. We have too many things. We have too many commitments. We have too many distractions. When I am able to clear away the competing concerns, the niggling disruptions, and the clanging alarms of my crowded life, I find that I am much better able to do the things I am called to do. I am in a much better state of mind.

I was reminded of these true truisms once again this morning when I ran across this quote from Thomas Chalmers in my reading journal: “The accumulation of mere stuff is often a dead weight that hampers our freedom to move, to go, to do what we have always know that we should.”

6 comments:

EJN said...

Dr. Grant,
What source is this quote from? Thanks

George Grant said...

Ed: It's from a collection of his sermons, "Sermons from the Tron Church."

Lawrence Underwood said...

How appropriate. I'm planning on going through my attic, closets, and storage this week to shed some of that 'mere stuff'.

Joe said...
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Joe said...

Sorry for the deleted comment...what I was trying to say is...

in today's culture, "the accumulation of debt" is fitting...

Catherine said...

Dr. Grant -

I just read your post and wanted to share a column I wrote in my university newspaper about this very topic.

http://www.statepress.com/2010/04/12/not-drawing-the-line-leaves-us-no-margin-for-error/

God Bless!
catherine