For the longest time now, I have been reading about and trying to follow a simpler, more uncluttered life.
It has not been easy.
Books abound in this specific subject, but not many books deal with,what I have come to understand, as the heart of the matter.
Simplicity is not about the practical, not really. Oh the practical is good advice to give. I mean, if you let go of the stuff that is around your home, collecting all sorts of dust, and not having any purpose in your life, then yes, by all means, let it go!
But you do not get to this stage, unless you are ready to tackle the heavy subjects first.
For many years now, I have written about simplicity. Living a life that is less stressful and more intentional. But the more I let go of the material clutter, the more stress came into my life. The more things happened that caused me to just stop and take several steps back to truly ask myself those really hard questions.
Why do I surround myself with so much stuff? What is the reason for it all?
As the years, and months, and weeks progressed, clarity, which I thought was elusive, began to appear and I realized the truths of what a simple life really looks like...and it is not about the material, not really.
First...I came to the conclusion that it all starts and ends with my love for God.
My love for Jesus Christ is my guide.
It is not a high that I only receive on Sundays
but the everyday, moment by moment knowledge that I am been taking care off!
I trust HIM completely!
And knowing this deep inside myself...
Second...I can begin to see the world around me...the possessions, the friendships, the time given to me everyday, the thoughts that I have about this world - how am I suppose to react to the political upheaval and the anger and hatred that seems to have sprouted like weeds, in our everyday life!
How do I live this life Lord? seems to be my constant prayer.
Has He answered it?
Yes, actually...a long time ago in fact. But I had not truly comprehended His answer.
to be continued....