A Simple Life
Just the other day, a friend confided, “I want a simpler life.” Between work and family, she ached for simplicity. I understood her desire. In fact, I’ve been throwing off the stuff that clutters my life.
We downsized our house.
Since our oldest daughter no longer lives at home and the other 2 alternate between university living and home, we didn’t need as much space. We threw away, gave away, and sold stuff. And still, one year later, we have too much stuff. How do we end up with so much stuff? (In my defense, much of this stuff belongs to my kids!)
I’m determined to minimize my wardrobe.
My daughter introduced me to a fashion blog about minimalism–Unfancy–which led to a wholesale love of minimalism. Our 1940’s cape cod master-bedroom closets won’t permit collecting and hoarding. Here, I am only allowed to keep the clothes I love. The maybe-I’ll-wear-it-again or lose-that-last-ten-pounds clothes must go. The off-season clothes are stored. These blogs inspire me to live with less: Lindsey Kubly and AssortmentBlog.
Downsizing and minimizing isn’t just for households and wardrobes.
I’m learning to think simply about my spiritual life, too.
Bible study and prayer time used to be a legalistic ritual, a duty to fulfill. Now, I’m trying to simplify and get back to basics. Most mornings, I sit with my Bible on my lap, reading and sipping coffee and listening for Jesus. Simple.
Faith is simple.
Last fall, on a trip west, I sat on a plane next to former soldier and retired state trooper. As we shared our lives, I eventually asked about his faith. He sighed and looked down. “My wife keeps readin’ me the Bible. And my granddaughter keeps talkin’ to me about God. I guess you could say that I’m tryin’ to find my way back.” He explained that he didn’t feel like God could accept his divorce. I smiled and said, “You don’t have to find your way back. Jesus is already here. Faith is really simple.”
Mary of Bethany knew about simple faith.
When Jesus visited, she planted herself at his feet and listened to every word that He said. Jesus honored her, saying, “There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42) One thing.We're so busy doing good things. But, one thing is worth our concern: Discovering Jesus. Click To Tweet
Take time out to discover Him today. But, remember, keep it simple.