I have lately been pondering on how to simplify my life. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Seriously, we live in a fast forward world and we wonder why we are fatigued, ill, depressed and aggravated. Have you ever intended on doing something, something good and ended up so stinking annoyed tired and stressed that you sat shaking you head wondering what was wrong with you? I have done that too many times to count.
Mid-summer I felt a strong conviction to simplify my life. I ventured over to our Family Christian bookstore and bought this study.
This is an incredible study. It has given me many things to ponder. I would highly recommend it if you are looking to simplify your life. One thing the author talks about is “good” vs. “best” This has really intrigued me. We all do many things that are good, but is it the best for where we are right now in life? I started applying this to every opportunity that comes up in my life. I have been asked to do several “good” things, but I always say that I will get back with them on it. I don’t want to impulsively commit and than be annoyed and frustrated. I pray about how the “good” will impact my relationship with Christ, my family, my time and my sanity. I used to be the yes girl, everyone would ask me to do things because they knew I would. I used to be the people pleaser. Well, learning through God’s word and applying some tools I learned in the above study, it has become much more easier to say “no.” I truly believe that God has broken me free of that captivity. I also was a go, go, go girl and now I want to be home more. I enjoy being home. Now, I know that is totally out of my character so it is God! Think about your weekly schedule. How stressed out are you just thinking about it? Especially with the holidays coming up, whew, anxiety rises. There is hope! Jesus has a calling for each one of us. I truly believe that when we live a surrendered, obedient life to Christ, our lives will be simpler. Christ is faithful and wise. Knowing Him and doing life with Him is the way.
Yesterday, my girlfriend and I were talking about living a simplified life . We opened God’s word and this is a scripture we read ( we are in a Moms in Touch group, we pray for our kids and their schools)
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
Do you see it? The last sentence in verse 7, “making wise the simple.” We thought that was so cool. Not just the scriptures, but we had just been talking about this very thing and then wham, God blesses us with this! When you are wise, you are simple. But, if you flip it “when you are simple, you are wise.” Word play, I love it! I also love that God’s law is perfect and refreshing to the soul. Who needs some refreshing? God’s laws also gives joy to the heart. Praise you Jesus! God is trustworthy, thank you Father!
So I want to challenge you to look at your life, right now where you are and see where you can simplify. Pray for God’ leading and for discernment. Look at the “goods” and see if they are “bests”. What are your priorities? It will be hard, trust me, but it is so rewarding and freeing. This life places so many demands on us. God doesn’t do this. He just calls us to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength and then to love others. That seems pretty simple huh? We are the ones that fills life with busyness. We don’t have to live like the rest of the world, rush rush, hurry, hurry. We can be different! Actually that is our calling. To be different!
Good vs. Best!