Seven Benefits of Simplifying Your Life

Personally, I don’t want to wait until disaster forces me to simplify. Some call it  “voluntary simplicity.” Here are seven benefits of simplifying your life:

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1. Our Wants Decrease

When we value what God treasures, “things” become less important.

2. Our Spiritual Desires Change

Our focus changes from pleasing self to choosing God’s ways.

3. Our Friendships Deepen

We see others as God sees them–as worthy of time, love, and commitment.

4. Our Time Multiplies

Some things that used to matter, don’t anymore, leaving us with more time to choose the things that do.

5. Our Bodies Rest More

When we stop stressing and start trusting God more, our bodies will usually respond positively.

6. Our Creativity Sharpens

Hurry and worry block creativity; simplicity frees us to think clearly and creatively again.

 7. Our Giving Increases

We understand that “extra” is not always meant for our own consumption. God blesses us so we can bless others.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being….Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met (Matthew 6:20, 33, The Message).

What about you? What does voluntary simplicity mean to you? What other benefits do you think we might experience from simplifying our lives? How have you simplified your life? Please share your comments below. Your words might encourage someone today! You will not be hounded, prodded, or automatically added to my mailing list if you do so. Feel free to email this blog to someone or to re-post on social media, using  the buttons below. If you want to re-post any of my blogs on your own blog or website, please contact me for permission first.

 

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    2 Responses to “Seven Benefits of Simplifying Your Life”

    1. Margaret S on July 28th, 2011 9:23 am

      I recently have had to make the choice to reduce my spending thus change my spending habits. Every day I told myself I no when it came to spending. I asked for help from God. I still have the cheapest cable only because I don’t have radio reception where I live, but given that I hardly watch television anymore now, I am considering canceling that. I can get weather and news on my computer.
      I also went through all my drawers and boxes of “stuff” and came up with five boxes of things I really felt no connection with any more and sent them on to the Salvation Army. I felt lighter after that.
      What I am not sure of why it is happening but I am feeling a sense of depression with these changes. I know I am on the right track to getting out of financial debt, but it seems that is being threatened by the national debt crisis as I am dependent on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. I have brought myself to the farthest end of doing what I can to help myself get out of debt, and that plan just might not even work if the government defaults.
      I just feel like I am doing what God has been telling me but it is being met with such resistance by things I have no control of. So be prepared, if you are actively in prayer about simplifying your life, you may be met with opposition of some sort. Despite the sense of depression I felt, it was temporary as I soon realized faith in God had to fill the void that came from the loss of “stuff”.

    2. Rebecca on August 5th, 2011 9:15 pm

      Margaret, thanks for sharing your experience with us. Whether our “simplifying” is an attitude or an actual downsizing, temporary emotions will probably emerge. It sounds like God gave you the strength to withstand those emotions and restore your trust in Him. Truly, God is our source, not jobs, “stuff,” or the government. He is our Jehovah-jireh–the God who provides!

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