Simple… what does that word mean to you? Does it evoke images of minimalist living, beautiful white and clean photos that depict an uncluttered life? Or perhaps you have a negative view… thinking of the phrase in Proverbs that says, “The simple believe every word…”.
To me, simple is beautiful. I love uncomplicated things, homes, and lives. I love when my girls find joy in playing outdoors with their imaginations and some sticks. I adore a neat home with few “chachkies” to dust. (Look it up, it’s really a word I promise.) I strive to keep my schedule “simple” and stay away from frantic living. I constantly have an open trash bag in a corner of my room collecting things we don’t use frequently (or ever) to send them to the thrift store. Recently, in preparation for a move, I boxed up all three of my girls’ toys. They filled ½ of ONE box… and probably half of them are only played with every couple of weeks.
To me, that is simple. I like a “fluff-less” life. My brain is so easily overloaded that I just need less STUFF to help me survive the day.
And not only with “stuff”, but also with lifestyle! Just as an example, I recently made the decision to ONLY follow 2 motivational women as I walk through this season of my journey. As I was blessed through the IF:Gathering conference in February, there were SO. MANY. amazing speakers to listen to and read and follow! I was trying to keep track of 3 or 4 blogs, several Instagram accounts, stay updated on a few Facebook pages, and listen to at least 2 podcasts a week. I just couldn’t do it and was constantly deleting emails and frustrating myself as I couldn’t finish a podcast.
All of them were great. Amazing, even. Yet I was missing the blessing because I was complicating the matter. I prayed for wisdom and selected TWO of the women that I now follow on Facebook and listen to ONE podcast a week. Slowing down and simplifying allowed me to receive a DEEPER blessing and grow in ways I never could trying to keep up and read so much.
Simple is defined by Webster as:
Single; consisting of one thing; uncompounded; unmingled; uncombined with any thing else; as a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound.
Wow. I love that! Now, if only I could really internalize it and live it day in and day out. Can you imagine what life would be like.. Simple?
How about you? What in your life needs to be more simple? What is one thing that you will do to simplify this week? Join the conversation on Facebook!