Simplifying your life because of unfortunate circumstances may be more difficult. But here are seven benefits of simplifying your life voluntarily:
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 does “simplifying your life” mean to you? What other benefits do you think we might experience from simplifying? How have you simplified your life?