Hurry up! Let’s go! We’re late! We don’t have time! Get a move on! Get out of my way! Stop Talking! You never talk to me! We don’t have the money! We don’t have the time! And on and on we go, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound….. Herein lies the problem. We are not “super people.” We are not “human doings.” We are “human beings” and according to Psalm 119:96 (Amp), “Everything human has its limits,” but do we know ours?
Simplify is defined as “to make things less complicated; make plainer or easier.” This is exactly what we need to do. We need to make things less complicated and easier.
Everyone is busy - but busy should be a season, not a lifestyle. We all need to learn to live on the healthy side of our limits and not cross the line. And most importantly, we all need people in our lives who can get in our face and tell us when we are getting too close to the line.
People are overextended, overwhelmed, overworked and overcome by it all.
The need to keep up with the “Jones’,” whoever they are, is even more prevalent with social media. Everyone seems to think everyone else has the perfect life. What a lie and what a waste of precious time trying to keep up with what doesn’t even exist.
So many are trying to accumulate all the modern trappings of living, but have no energy or time to enjoy what they have worn themselves out trying to attain never mind more time for family or for some quiet solitude.
I’m what you call, a people person. I love people and I enjoy being with people. I’ve always been observant, but for the past few years, I have become extremely observant of people - especially young leaders and I must admit, I’m concerned. It seems the race is on.
I’m concerned for the “need for more,” more of everything and not always more of what really matters. There doesn’t seem to be much breathing space in life and that is never good. If we don’t breathe, we cease to live.
We should all desire more. More of God, more of His Word, more of His presence, more of His power, and more of a display of His love evident in our lives. This is what I need more of and it’s what we all need more of. Can we simplify our lives enough to make time for what really gives life meaning? This is my quest.
I love lists, but I’m not going to attempt to give you a list of things you can do to simplify your life. I’ll leave that list up to you, but I do challenge you to allow yourself some time to think about life and if you are headed where you really want to go. Are you where you thought you would be at this season of your life? If not, why? You may want to start there.
If you slow down, even just a bit, what needs to change will become obvious. Then, it is up to you to decide what to do at that point. You can continue on your current path, and you will get more of what you have or you can make the changes you have identified, and have the time and energy to enjoy the abundant life God wants you to live.
As we wind down on another year, this is a perfect time to reflect before you get too busy with the holidays!
While I was busy doing other things, he got away…that’s your own penalty...you have determined it yourself. 1 Kings 20:40 (GW)
For whatever it is worth, my advice to you today is, slow down and don’t let things get away from you because you have determined to be too busy. Make life less complicated for you and your family. Simplify. It’s up to you.