I am so grateful for Chad Merrell preaching a strong message this weekend. God wants us to experience simplified living with Christ in the center.
I’d encourage you to purchase the book “Simplify” by Bill Hybels. You can pick it up on Amazon here.
Can we just admit it together? We’re over-saturated. We have so much to do. At times, you may even feel this way: “When will it ever end?”
I’ve been there. We all have.
It’s called the “whirlwind.” The whirlwind is the things that come up day-to-day that keep us overwhelmed and busy to the point of frustration. The whirlwind keeps us inundated with things to do on top of the things we are supposed to do.
The whirlwind is like the “other duties as assigned” part of your job that just keep coming. Some of this whirlwind is what it is. It comes, and there’s not a lot we can do about it. But many times, I believe we bring some of these things on ourselves because we want to feel fulfilled.
A simplified life could be what you need to focus and center your attention on the things of God.
Let me give you some action steps today:
1) Make time to replenish yourself.
Do you remember that episode of “Saved by the Bell” when Jesse had a meltdown? In the episode, the main characters in the show were a part of a dancing and singing competition. Jesse wanted to do so well that she began to take caffeine pills so she could spend a ton of time rehearsing. As the episode progresses, the wearing down of Jesse grows, as does her temper. Then the climax happens when Zach discovers the use of the pills. It’s one of the most memorable scenes. Jesse gets off a bed and sings, “I’m so excited. I’m so excited. I’m so scared.”
I think Jesse would have had more success if she had just made the time to slow down in the midst of anxiety and nervousness and replenished herself.
The same is true for you. When you take the time to replenish yourself, your heart and mind can center and focus on the things that matter.
When anxiety and stress come down, you can genuinely focus on Christ’s agenda.
2) Revisit your values.
Matthew 6 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What you value is what will control you.
Chad spoke yesterday about the rat race to achieving, collecting, and receiving. We can become so inundated with a success that we miss out on what God has for us.
What do you value? Your job? Your car? Your bank account? Your stock options? These things won’t last.
While these things may not be bad things, they don’t matter in light of eternity.
What does matter?
- Honoring God and doing His will.
- Loving your family and bringing them closer to Christ.
- Growing in your love and knowledge of the things of God.
Let me encourage you to rethink what is the most important thing. It will bring simplicity.
3) Take control of your calendar.
Only you can determine what you will and won’t do.
When you allow your calendar to fill up with the things that may not have eternal value, the important things are probably left out.
Usually, the most important things are left out.
Are you planning your quiet times? Date nights with your wife? Time to serve the Kingdom of God? It may seem silly that everything is scheduled. But I can attest that I stay focused on the things that I have to do if I am scheduling them.
Take back your calendar for the things that matter the most.
I am excited about where we are headed in the coming weeks. God has much to teach us. How will you live a simplified life this week? I do hope you’ll consider these things.