Welcome back to my What Simplicity Means to Me series. I know I usually post these on Mondays, but our computer was out of commission for a few days, so I’m just able to get back on here today.
Today is my last post on what simplicity is not. Next week, I’ll dive in to what simplicity is.
Simplicity is not necessary for a fulfilling life. But I think it definitely helps. Remember that Scripture from Matthew that I shared last week? Here’s my paraphrased version, just for a refresher: Do the work of God, do not collect wages for doing so. Trust God to provide for you, and provide for you He will. How can you do God’s work without needing to collect wages? Live simply.
Easier said than done, I know. Especially in America (and other first world countries). We’re blessed – or cursed, depending on your point of view – with being affluent. Even the poorest among us is remarkably affluent in the grand scheme of the world. And the more money you earn, the easier it is to turn your back on simplicity. Especially (and I speak from experience here) if you spent any amount of time (as an adult) being “poor,” and now are better off. The “five years ago, I couldn’t buy anything, so now I’m going to buy whatever I want” trap is easy to fall into. But it’s important to keep Jesus’ commands in mind when we’re busy buying all that stuff. We must be willing – and more importantly, able – to leave at the drop of hat
if when he calls us.
What about the non-material aspects of simplicity? There might be some of you reading this who thrive in the busy-ness of life. Sometimes I do. It’s nice to be needed. By your spouse. By your kids. By your neighbors. Maybe even by your siblings or your parents. As humans, we like to feel important, appreciated. But in all that busy-ness, do you ever feel stressed, even if you like the constant activity? Of course you do. It’s important (but not required) to take some time to slow down sometimes. Enjoy the simpler things in life. Take half an hour to play with your baby. Allow one-on-one time with each of your children. Make something. Go for a drive. Just slow down and enjoy life.
This week’s challenge: Take five minutes to just relax. Go for a walk, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Turn off your cell phone. Meditate. Whatever you want. But make time to just appreciate the quiet, simple things in your life.