my search to understand the bigger picture

Monday, January 14, 2013

<=> (Less is more) simplify

it certain circles, it is becoming more and more popular to simplify ones life.  i'm sure there are a variety of reasons, but i know many have gotten to a place of burnout over the years.  life moves at such a quick pace these days as you may have noticed.  we are living in a day and age of stress levels that we were never created to carry.  we want everything immediately, and perfect to boot!  there is no sense of patience.  

less is more.  radically simple.  simply radical.  simplify.  i remember first giving thought to this because of running.  one of my favorite ultra mountain runners, anton krupicka, helped new balance develop a line of footwear, in fact the logo above is part of that.  the premise is to strip away anything that isn't of absolute necessity.

i found myself beginning to fall in love with that concept, not just in running, but also in life. in running, i found that looks a little bit different for everyone, and much is the same in life.  but interestingly enough, life fought back on this.  i've tried to cut back, to simplify, and life just doesn't like it one bit.  the world doesn't like it.  

this tells me just how important it truly is.   in fact, a specific passage of Scripture comes to mind when i think about such things.  matthew 16:26 states,

26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

it's true.  what good is it for us to be so busy that we become stressed, and lose everything that was once important.  we lose focus on the very things that matter.  romans 12:2 also comes to mind, 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

as christians, we should not act as the world does.  what is important to the world should not be to us.  however, so many times, in an attempt to be in the world but not of it, we lose sight of our purpose, to be a shining example of Christ's love for everyone.  my prayer for myself tonight, what i'm giving thought to, is how can i simplify my life.  what can i remove?  what are the things that are absolute necessities, and what can i do without?  in all reality, anything that's not a necessity will probably cause unnecessary distraction anyways.  honestly, i'm nervous about where this could lead.  and maybe that's why it needs to happen.  it needs to happen now.

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