Happy Hump Day of Simplify Your Life week! I receive daily emails of fun celebration days, weeks or months and this is simplify your life week. It certainly seems to fit in with my mood lately. I’ve been on a purging binge for about a week now, and my prayer is it continues to grow and grow in order for me to physically reduce the clutter of our home and possessions while spiritually reducing the clutter in my heart, mind and spirit. Life is too busy all on its own! It certainly doesn’t need help from me to add to the chaos.
My family has really packed a lot of fun into our year with more to come, and I was reflecting on how these moments have been spent “simplifying” our life by getting back to the basics of spending time together as a family with no frills and fuss… just precious time.
I hope you take time to breathe in a lung filling breath of the freeness of simplicity this week!
Evelyn Underhill in her book The House of the Soul and Concerning the Inner Life wrote these amazing words…
“Consider that wonderful world of life in which you are placed, and observe that its great rhythms of birth, growth, and death—all the things that really matter are not in your control. That unhurried process will go forward in its stately beauty, little affected by your anxious fuss. Find out, then, where your treasure really is. Discern substance from accident. Don’t confuse your meals with your life, and your clothes with your body. Don’t lose your head over what perishes. Nearly everything does perish: so face the facts, don’t rush after the transient and unreal.
Maintain your soul in tranquil dependence on God; don’t worry; don’t mistake what you possess for what you are. Accumulating things is useless. Both mental and material avarice are merely silly in view of the dread facts of life and death. The White Knight would have done better had he left his luggage at home.
The simpler your house, the easier it will be to clean. The fewer the things and the people you ’simply must have,’ the nearer you will be to the ideal of happiness ’as having nothing, to possess all.’”
Isn’t that amazing!? God doesn’t need us to control the world! He has that all under control without our “anxious fuss” (I am queen of anxious fuss!). It is so easy to confuse our clothes, our food, our house with who we are. Sure, they can be a symbol of our personality, but if we did not have our favorite food, favorite shoes or circumstances dictated we live in a one room apartment would that change who we are? No! Our treasures are the salvation given freely to all who believe, our blessings of family and friends and the precious memories we make as we observe the “great rhythms of birth, growth, and death.” We are only notes in the great symphony of the redeemed. Lord, may we never try to change our note or try to make it “better”, or play it more loudly than You have composed it to be! May we play it with confidence and security that its sound will always be beautiful to Your ear.
Happy Simplify Your Life week…. focus on the simple, not the complicated. Laugh, love and be silly!