Last night at Ikon we took a journey around making space – for ourselves, for others, and for God. We thought about just how much stuff we have cluttering up our lives. We were encouraged to focus on the concept of less being more – That cleaning out our lives of a lot of our stuff – physical, social, mental, emotional – might make more space for the things that matter – And leave us happier in the end.
We watched this video, which although the speaker is not necessarily a Christian, makes some interesting points.We spent some time quietly reflecting on these points.
We used the opportunity to mentally walk through our house, our work, our garden – The places that we spend the most time. To look around and think about what we really need, what we can do without – What adds to our life and what takes away…
We asked ourselves the question ‘What if you arrived home tonight to find missing, would you really miss? We allowed God to help us look at our ‘stuff’
This passage from Luke 14 reminded us what can happen when we get too caught up with stuff – we can miss out on God’s invitation
“A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
The story of Mary and Martha reminded us that even in the midst of service and others we must find space for God. Our clutter – physical, mental, emotional, social – can just as easily crowd out God as it does other people….
We finished with a meditation from the Proost Labyrinth entitled ‘Noise’
Finally we enjoyed a gentle supper together.