A Simple Life
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
Have you felt overwhelmed lately with the busyness of life? I am trying to slow down on purpose to be more reflective and thoughtful. Perhaps you are busy right now. Us Americans tend to rush to this event then run to that event. We barely make it to work, school, or church on time. Many arrive late, if they arrive at all. Depending on your life stage and if there are kids in your home you are running them all around as well.
Why are we in such a hurry? Why is life so busy?
- We have the same amount of time as we have always had. 24 hours a day.
- We attempted to crowd more things into those 24 hours.
- With the promise of more leisure time, we depend on electronics and technology.
- Even with the fluctuation of inflation, and the value of the American dollar, we have more money and resources than any nation or people in the history of the world.
Is it possible that while we may be “getting more done” that we are actually accomplishing less? The answer to that question’s rests primarily on your list of priorities.
- When was the last time you began a new meaningful relationship and friendship with a person or family at church?
- When was the last time you gave a gospel tract to a neighbor or spoke to an acquaintance about Jesus?
- When was the last time you prayed before the Sunday morning Bible study and church service and participated with gladness?
- When was the last time you and those in your household opened a Bible and prayed together?
- When was the last time everyone in your house enjoyed a dinner together around the table with no television or cellphones taking away from the moment?
One of Satan’s greatest and most effective strategies has been to keep good people busy doing good things, so they cannot engage in the more important and best things. Satan remains subtle in many ways today. Most Christians do not run after gross and obvious sin. Adultery, fornication, lying, cheating, are not usually where good people start to drift. It is in the seemingly small and mundane things. They go after potentially good things and are so busy the neglect the best things. Before long, the best is squeeze out of their lives.
Renowned scientist of yesteryear, Albert Einstein said:
“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.”
I like that thought.
Are you too busy? Feeling overworked, stressed, and frazzled? Try taking some of the non-essentials out. Be sure to continue or start the basic expectations of the Christian life. The times of solitude in prayer, moments of discussion with family, and the accountability of being with others in church will only refresh and encourage you.
Sports teams, dance and art class, the local school, and the lessons you signed up for cannot replace the simple things that God has given to us – in Jesus.
While Satan is making life complicated and adding new priorities to your list – Jesus is simplifying our life! He wants you to enjoy the simple things and to find meaning in “being with Jesus” not just running around trying to achieve things in so many areas of life. With all the available “distractions” it is a wonder that anyone goes to church or opens a Bible any more. Yes, it is that bad for many people.
Learn from Jesus in Matthew 11:29, He said: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” While Satan wants you to carry your own weight in being busy in life, Jesus wants you to find rest. Don’t “yoke up” with Satan or this world! Jesus has a different and better pace of life based on relationship with Him. It is OK to slow down. It is good to reassess and refocus the direction of your life. Take a step back: “Am I running all over when God wants to give me rest?” Or: “Am I so busy that I no longer have time for God? Family?” Or: “for the things that really matter most in life?”
Find a simpler life in Jesus. Put the main things in life – first.