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What is the opposite of simplicity? If you answered “my life” then you may need to take another look at simplicity. We tend to think the days gone by were simpler and less complicated, but no matter the era or age, we can fill our day to overflowing with work, errands, and stuff. The key is to be intentional about creating a simple lifestyle.

We can ask ourselves if we truly need this item or can we really wear all those clothes in our closets. A study has shown that too much clutter drains our energy, but a clear, organized room gives us energy.

The same is true of our spiritual lives. Over the years our spirits can become cluttered with disappointments, grief, anger, or confusion. We sometimes wonder what it is that we do believe. If you find yourself in this state of spirit and mind, try going back to the basics of what it is you do know. You know that Jesus loves you. Why? Because the Bible told you so. That childhood song is simple but maybe that is all you need to know. Knowing God is enough for us simplifies our doubts and questions.

Try simplifying your life, de-cluttering, and getting back to basics. Give away 4 mugs from the cabinet, 3 shirts and 1 coat from the closet, that stack of magazines, and half of those partially used candles.

Now, give away 3 condemnations, 4 prejudices, 2 prideful attitudes and 6 ego trips.

Intentionally striving for a simple life, closer to nature, to God and to each other will free us from the trap of thinking we are important because we are busy or have an abundance of material items. Once we free up some space in our homes and in our hearts, God has more room to abide with us as Lord and Savior.

    Luke 9: 1-3 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.”

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