Simplicity is a discipline that helps us let go of unnecessary goods and activities that distract us from living a life devoted to Christ. We have so many distractions that it’s hard to concentrate on any one thing for a very longtime. The effects of all this complexity on our quality of life are felt in many ways. We need more gadgets and cool stuff just to help us bear the strain.
The heart of simplicity is an uncompromising devotion to Jesus. It’s an inward lack of concern for possessions and activities that are available to us in our day to day world. Practicing simplicity is about a point of view more than an action. Simplicity is about keeping your focus on the most important thing.
Give this a try. Discern the things that really matter in your life with Christ and put away everything else. Consider how you spend the money God has given you and how you invest the time you have for living. If you put God first and focus on the kingdom of heaven, then everything else will shift into a simple perspective. Take on an intention to live the simple life in Christ!
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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