For the last couple of months I have felt the Lord telling me to simplify. Sounds heavenly, right?! My life is crazy and it seems to get crazier by the day. It’s not that the things filling my life are not important. I can justify everything that is causing the craziness. So what am I supposed to give up? What am I supposed to stop doing?
Over these months of asking these questions, I think I finally have an answer.
But, wait. There’s more. Not only am I not supposed to give up anything, I am supposed to be adding to it. You know, sometimes the Lord makes no sense! How do I simplify my life when I have to keep doing everything I’m doing plus add more to my plate? Really, Lord?! Could you give me a little more direction, please?
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
I still don’t know how this is going to work, but I have come to a few realizations…
I need more time with God. I need more time in prayer, more time in study, more time sitting in His presence.
I have to re-evaluate, re-examine, and re-organize. My two top priorities (after time with God) are taking care of my family and homeschooling my daughter. Everything else has to revolve around those two.
My focus has to change. Changing my focus will change why I do things. Changing my focus will change how I do things. Changing my focus is where I simplify.
By definition, simplify means to make it less complicated; make it less complex, plainer…easier. But let us not confuse easier with easy. Making things easier or simpler, can actually be very hard. Making my life less complicated and less complex, is going to take a lot of work. I may have to do more to make something simpler, because my focus is on the why not the how. Decisions are going to have to be made. Some of those decisions are going to be hard. Some are not going to be popular, even with myself. Some are not going to make sense to anyone else or even to me.
But spending time focusing on the One who determines my priorities and my focus…
that makes life less complicated, less complex, plainer, a little easier…
Living thru faith,