A couple weeks ago I talked about s l o w i n g d o w n and scaling back. So I figure I better get down to business. PTL I still have a job (I think), and a few weeks off before we start back up with the school year. That means this week I’ve got a little down time. My goal is to make sense of and try to figure out how I’m going to practice this little phrase that keeps running through my mind like a news ticker at the bottom of a TV screen.
Simple beauty, amidst chaos. Simple beauty, amidst chaos. Simple beauty, amidst chaos.
It’s like I need to go ahead and fully accept that my life is a little crazy. Earth is not our home, and I have a ‘vivacious’ toddler, so there it is, time to move on to the next point.
Within the chaos I’m still working on accepting – I can purposefully seek simplified beauty in the dailiness of my crazy.
The ticker tape keeps looping around my heart, and spinning thoughts off to me:
Deal with your clutter.
Deal with the put-off piles.
Deal with your ‘little g gods’
Build a life that you can be proud of:
Your support group
Don’t just talk about simplifying, do it. Practice it. Emulate it.
Luke 12 has a poignant warning in verse 15 : “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist of an abundance of possessions.”
So I’m trying on this new mantra, and for it to fit, I have to deal with Luke 12’s acute warning. Give away piles are actually given away, hand-me-down furniture that doesn’t have a home gets picked up and taken, books never intended to be re-read need to be dropped off… you see where I’m going here.
This next question feels harsh, but it hits me right where I need it: If we can’t deal with the surplus in our lives and in our homes, how are we going to be equipped to handle the abundant distractions Satan throws at us?
With that in mind, let’s gift ourselves with freedom to get rid of that random, I-don’t-quite-know-what-to-do-with-this gift from four years ago. Not that it wasn’t a sweet gesture at the time, but there’s not room in your life for it. Getting rid of useless, emotionally attached things doesn’t mean we’re not grateful or appreciative. In fact, a lovely hand-written thank you note was promptly sent…. four years ago. The fact of the matter is you haven’t used it in four years and won’t use it in the next five so why is it taking up space in your life?
Luke 12:33 Shares more counsel on this “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”
If I’m spending my time, money, and resources on more than what is necessary, I’m not allotting room for anyone or anything else. I think if I can simplify my life in practical ways, I make room to savor the sweet moments so much more. If I can scale back on new purchases, clear the existing clutter of my home, I allow myself breathing room to enjoy the belongings and relationships I do have.
Saying goodbye to overflow really says:
“I don’t need or want extra, because God is enough. I’m not interested in risking my sanity by filling up spaces anywhere else in my life, because my life is complete in Christ.”
I don’t want to be the rich fool in Luke 12 who can’t let go of material things in order to follow after the calling God has on my heart. I don’t want to let my belongings keep me from what God has for me on the other side of overwhelmed and over-consumed.
Because I think the best thing I can do out here is be real: next week I’ll share the ‘hows’ of completing the tasks I have told the world wide web that I’m doing. Not because I think you should do it my way – but simply because this is the way it’s going down in my house. Spoiler alert: I may number things.
In the meantime, I’d love to know how you simplify your life.
How do you and your family ‘scale back’ or ‘simplify’?
What does that look like for you?