In my daily life I usually have this constant longing for open spaces, freedom and quiet places.
There could be a few reasons for this.
- I have a substantial overactive mind, always thinking of projects, plans and ideas
- I am a busy mom, with three busy children and all the tasks do not seize to disappoint.
- Life is busy, there is always some task or responsibility to tend to.
- I am an introvert; in our introvert inner lives we consciously try to escape chaos and sit in a corner.
- Technology has a way to consume time and over stimulate the mind.
- I am sure there are more reasons
Be that as it may, I have recently become more and more aware of how complicated our lives have become. Even the simplest tasks or events become a mass of detail and information which is utterly overwhelming. I have yet to decide why our society and way of living has become so complicated.
Is it the vast amounts of information we suddenly have access to?
OR just keeping up with the Jones’s who have taken up the challenge to constantly outperform their neighbors?
I am so tired of always feeling like I’m lagging behind, … have you experienced the same feeling?
Look, I certainly know that we all are different type of organizers and project mangers of our lives, but somehow, I also know there are many of us struggling with a vast amount of “too much” in our lives. A feeling that encourages disappointment and dis contentedness.
A while ago I came across Rachelle Crawford and her ABUNDANT LIFE WITH LESS blog. Slowly but surely the words she wrote about minimalism, living with less clutter and a simpler mindset started to nestle its way into my being.
As I spent time with the Lord in a wonderful solitude day, He so clearly stated to me that “THERE IS POWER IN SIMPLICITY”. He is the God of simple but powerful lives. Simplicity involves focus and clarity where clutter brings distraction and confusion. Jesus lived a simple but powerful life, with his focus on the Father and a display of peace personified.
The way our Almighty God chose to bring His son – The Savior of World- to earth, still blows my mind. Simplicity and humbleness to the extreme.
I have finally realized that having too much of any- and everything in my life is a problem. It is stealing joy and peace from my life …
I have also learned that simplifying some of the most basic things in my life ushers back the peace almost instantly. It’s not a big elaborate simplifying life drive, but rather a one- thing-at-a-time project. Please bear in mind that making these changes are intentional actions, not an automatic response. Life do not encourage us to live with less but very specifically point us in the direction of more, better and higher. We will have to choose His simple life, every day.
Simplicity is not the source of peace, most assuredly not. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and He left the Holy Spirit for us to have His peace dwelling within us. The Spirit is also our very reliable Counselor who shows when you are not at peace in your being. I have just realized that life has a way to distract and distort what is meant to be joyful into a maze of just surviving day by day.
This verse always stays with me and is so beautifully simple:
Luke 10:41-42: “Martha, Martha” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Here’s to an intention to simplify what may lie ahead of us in 2020, with the will to live joyful and powerful lives! You have the right to choose.
Written by Johanni Meiring
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