One of the great things we have discovered through the recent months is what we can live without, and having to make our lives more simple. Simplicity leads us to less clutter of things that really don’t matter. Simplicity can help us to gain control of other areas of our schedule and lifestyle. When we are living with less, it can free us up to focus more on our relationships, our faith and other things that really matter the most. Keeping it simple leads us to more contentment. It keeps us from being in a deficit financially and emotionally as well as not overbooked in our schedules and other responsibilities.
S.I.M.P.L.E. means for us to…
SEEK GOD’S PRESENCE AND GUIDANCE DAILY.
This should be a regular habit for us. As in the Bible, Psalm 63:1challenges us…”O God, You are my God; early will I seek You, my soul thirsts for You.” By taking this approach, it puts us in the right frame of mind as we go through our day.
INVEST YOUR TIME AND ENERGY WISELY.
Steve Jobs, who helped to design and create the Apple computer and the iPhone said this about focus and simplicity: “Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it is worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
MAINTAIN GOOD DAILY HABITS. Doing things that enhance our spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well being are key things to keep doing on a regular basis. Dr. E. Stanley Jones was right when he said “Since habit becomes power, make them work with you and not against you.”
PROCESS WHAT NEEDS TO NEEDS TO GO AND WHAT NEEDS TO GROW.
It is important to consider what adjustments or changes you may need to make right now. These may be in your priorities and commitments, habits and schedule.
LIVE EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST.
Embrace the present day, don’t let the past or the future keep you from enjoying and making the most of today. Max Lucado wisely says that..”Since I know God’s provison is timely, I can enjoy the present. The key is this: meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.”
ENCOURAGE OTHERS ALONG THE WAY.
Living simple is not selfish, it actually frees us up to be unselfish and have more compassion for others. Because we are less distracted by things that don’t really matter, it can allow us to think about and notice people that we can encourage in some way.
Keep it Simple is not stupid…it is the right approach right now.