Simplify Your Life

“Be still and know that I am God …” Psalm 46:10

We have been talking about ways to simply your life. Maybe you don’t think your life is too complicated. But maybe you are on overload.

Think of some the ways we are on overload:

Information Overload: Remember life without our cell phones? Remember life when you cell phone was just a flip phone? Now our cell phones are mini-laptops. I can check emails, have my GPS at my disposal, use google and Siri instantaneously. My Kindle account is on my cell phone. I have Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I can check multiple newspapers, magazines; listen to podcasts, sermon messages, and even watch a church service. We have so much information coming our way just through our cell phone.

Choice Overload: Just walk down the aisle where you can buy cereal. Whoa! Talk about choices. Which one do you choose? I don’t have to just buy plain old Cheerios now! And if cereal wasn’t bad enough, think about the process of buying a tube of toothpaste!

And we have created monsters in our kids – we have created a generation where even breakfast feels like it has to be a buffet because we have given them the opportunity to choose.

Book Overload: For some of you, I wish you had even the slightest overload when it comes to reading. Most guys are not readers. But we have so many choices. When was the last time you went to a physical library? We don’t have to do that anymore – if you have a library card, you can access your local library with never having to leave the confines of your home!!! I have a closet full of books to read – my guess is that pile will continue to grow and grow unless I put an end to it. My Kindle account now has 250 titles waiting to be read. Yikes!

Commitment Overload: I am not going to judge anyone in this area because I have struggled with this my entire life. Isn’t the purpose of the calendar to see how many things we can put on each day of the calendar? And we have passed that on to our kids – filling their schedule to the max so that when they have “free time,” – you will hear them say, “I’m so bored.”

I think you get the point. If we are going to really enjoy life, is it supposed to be on constant overload? Or just maybe is the goal to live more simply? Maybe we’d enjoy life better, have more fulfilled relationships, if we’d be able to slow down, trim back, de-clutter so that we could breathe deeply, rest better and actually live a more fruitful, fulfilled life.

And just maybe, we’d actually be able to hear the still small voice of God and enjoy intimacy with Him. Think about it.

Written by Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 60; Proverbs 29

Click Here to Download our 2016 Daily Bible Reading Plan

Daily Quote: When we insist on doing too much, we are not only inflicting the damage of this choice on ourselves, we are sharing the damage with those we love the most.  ~Anne Wilson Schaef

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. ~Proverbs 14:26 (NKJV)

20 Ways to Simplify

simplifySince we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. ~Hebrews 12:1

My co-worker and friend, Graeme Wilson, has been giving me books and articles to read about simplifying my life. In a world that drives us to be do more, get more, be more – we need to take a step back and look at ways to simplify our lives rather than drive the bus over overload that consumes so many of us.

Here is a good list of 20 ways that we can simplify from the pen of Dr. Steve Stephens. These are worth our consideration:

  1. Eliminate ten things from you life.
  2. Cut back on TV.
  3. Escape to a quiet spot.
  4. Set your own pace.
  5. Get rid of clutter.
  6. When you bring in something new, throw out something old.
  7. Do only one thing at a time.
  8. Say no at least once a day.
  9. Enjoy the little things.
  10. Take at least four breaks per day.
  11. Determine what really matters.
  12. Make peace with all people.
  13. Tell the truth.
  14. Appreciate beauty.
  15. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
  16. If you don’t have time, don’t do it.
  17. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place.
  18. Share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with a friend every day.
  19. Make time to pray.
  20. Thank God for what you have.

Interesting list? Next week I will start to unpack some of the things I have been learning in trying to put these principles into practice in my life. And you should encourage Graeme to do the same!!!

Written by Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 46; Proverbs 15

Click Here to Download our 2016 Daily Bible Reading Plan

Daily Quote: “Simplicity does not come easily. To withstand the pressures of society requires constant effort and discipline. On the other hand, relax. You can’t force simplicity. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Simplicity is a gift.”

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. ~Hebrews 13:18 (NKJV)