At the start of a new year, people will be making new resolutions, and many resolutions will be to focus and to simplify life.
We are drowning in an ocean of choice and stuff while the quiet calm pool of simplicity is the one thing that we really desire deep-down.
I was talking to a friend who had just come back from a holiday who said that the thing that she had enjoyed most was just having less stuff and less to do. She went on to say that she would love to carry some of that into everyday life.
Our senses can be bombarded with information and overloaded with burdens, it is not surprising that we hear about many people looking to simplify life and to be free from multiple voices calling for our attention.
Perhaps that is a part of Jesus’ meaning in these words:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” Matthew 5:8 [NIV]
Throughout history, Christ-followers have referred to this choice as ‘the discipline of simplicity’. Richard Foster puts it this way:
“The Christian discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle”
How do you feel about the idea of simplicity?
Commit these feelings to God in prayer.
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