Have you ever had some one cancel an appointment and then have an extra, unplanned hour in your day? Have you ever found some extra money and had the freedom to decide where you wanted to spend it? If we know the joy of these things – then why do we overschedule our time and overspend our finances?
What would happen if we cut it out?
I am talking about simplicity. Honestly, simplicity is not an easy concept for me (and I am guessing for you, too). I have a few good habits in this area (I go through my closet every year and donate my clothes), but more than a few bad habits (I have quite a movie collection, most of which I never watch). Simplicity is hard for us, hard to let go of our business and possessions. Maybe we think that is where our worth is – and that’s a problem.
We live in a day that values excess – more and more and more. We are told we deserve it. We give honor and fame to those who can have bigger and more. Busy is good, we are told. But what about simplicity? What about a life that is productive but not rushed? What about a person who could afford much more but chooses to live with much less, and give more?
Jesus taught us to consider the lilies of the field, to live a life of simplicity – without the worry that comes from excess. We rush and rush hoping to add value to our lives, and get so mad when people interrupt us. Jesus was pretty productive (ok, that is a huge understatement!), and yet He was never upset to be interrupted. Jesus is the King, yet He walked in simplicity and owned very little. What does it mean to truly follow Him, even in our culture?
Cut it out.
Try cutting something out of your life. Cut back on your schedule – and don’t replace it with anything. Give a possession away – without a plan to buy something to take its place. Fight against excess and your soul’s addiction to more, more, more.
Cut it out.
Give it a try – you might find that you like the freedom and joy that comes from having less. May your soul become more addicted to the only excess that we were made for: the love of God.