Tuesday, May 18, 2010


A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. Proverbs 13:7

What is simplicity?

Is it…

-Purposefully reducing the number of bills, debt, and accompanying concerns in your life?
-Doing very small things that you might easily have others do for you, like making your own brown sugar? (Just learned this and couldn’t resist sharing!)
-Discovering how to be content without position and power?
-Having a goal, knowing how to get there, and being singularly focused on achieving that goal?
-Becoming more aware of the needs of others and sacrificing in order to be able to give generously?
-Intentionally de-cluttering, whether materially or internally?
-Embracing opportunities to pay attention to that which you truly care about

Both Mike and I have agreed that life has gotten simpler for us in many ways, but we have struggled to pinpoint exactly how this has been worked out in our lives. I think each of the reasons listed above has contributed to this sense of simplicity. I certainly do not mean to suggest that we have arrived! Still, I am thankful for the ways in which our lives have (and, hopefully, will continue to) become fuller by becoming simpler.

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