Saturday, February 21, 2015

Operation: Simplicity

I just did a search for "Simplicity" in the Kindle Store n Amazon. 43 pages of books about simplicity.  43 pages, you guys.  That makes choosing simple, doesn't it? GAH!

God's been gently leading into a season of simplicity. Most of the time, I get pumped about it!  Woo hoo!  Less complicated life? Yes, please!

Sometimes, however, this is frustrating to me.  I don't think we live in extravagance.  We don't have 800 TV channels. We don't have a huge house. Our cars are used, older, and paid for. I donate clothing we don't wear regularly. When we're done with something, we pass it on.  This is all essential to simplicity, isn't it?


So, what place of simplicity is Jesus calling me into?

A place of abiding.

To abide.
To wait.
To remain stable with Him.
To be in a place with Him.
To just sit still and be with Jesus.
To simply enjoy His presence.

This is the conversation that then ensues with least this is how I imagine it in my head:

"O good Lord, you've got to be kidding!?  Sit still?  Wait patiently? For Heaven's sake, when do You want me to do this, Lord!?  When the laundry is piling up? When the kids are hungry?  When dinner is ready?"

"Nope. Not then."


"You could wake up early."


"You could put your phone down. Or get off the computer."

"I could."

"You could abide with me and your boys at the same time.  You could get on the floor and play cars with them."

"Mmmmm hmmm."

"How about turning the TV off and listening to worship music while you fold laundry or make lunch?"

"Good thinkin'."

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." (John 15:4)

"I seem to recall you mentioning that."

And we go on like this until I realize I have complicated my life. I have put things in my day that keep me from the simplicity Jesus is calling me to. I have filled my hours with Pinterest and Facebook instead of the Bible. My phone is my constant companion, not the children God has entrusted to me.

Well, crap!

Because here's the reality. Simplicity is simple. It's not complicated. It's about enjoying what you have. It's about enjoying who God gave you. It's about living in the moment and soaking it all in. It's about abiding.

Once I get to this point in my thinking about abiding and simplicity, I usually hit a brick wall. This is when I'm supposed to actually put my phone down (or in another room completely!). This is when I should stop typing and go play with my son.  This is when I should turn off the TV (that I'm not watching). But, so often I don't. Why? Beats the heck out of me!  Laziness? Probably. Gosh that hurts to admit!  But, I have to stop writing now.  Because I truly have no reason to keep typing. I have no advice except to start abiding.

So, here goes.

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