"Objects tend to crowd out the life they are meant to support," says Graham Hill. He's a guy who made it big, very big, before he was thirty. A windfall from a tech-startup put more money into his bank account than he knew what to do with. So he bought stuff. Lots of it. Eventually, owning two residences on the west and east coast, a bunch of nice cars, techie equipment, and so on, he came to realize that he wasn't owning any of it; it was owning him.

GrahamSo he quit the consumerist trap. Cold turkey. He now says, "I sleep better. I have less--and enjoy more. My space is small. My life is big."

If you want God, then I want you to know Graham Hill. You can read more about him in this short article from yesterday's New York Times, Sunday Review.

All of us can do what he did, but most of us will choose not to. Nothing necessarily wrong with that. What matters is that you and I do something now to let go of what is nonessential so that we can find the freedom to hold on to what is.

Look around yourself. You'll find there's so much that's nonessential . . . non-essence . . . so much that's not part of the life, the essence, God is holding out to you.

Intention: Today, I'll stop, momentarily, a couple times throughout the day. I'll look around and notice how much of my stuff is nonessential, how much of it clutters my life, keeps me from the life I long for. I'll bet I can find at least 10 nonessential things for every 1 that is. I'll toss at least one thing I can do without.