“Real” Simple


In our harried lives — cluttered with things, jam-packed with stress, crammed-full of demands — simplicity is something we all long for.

It’s marketed like crazy in our world. Buy this magazine to find it! Use this organization-system to bring peace to your closet (and, as a result, your life!) Exercise in this way to discover it!

Simplicity. Focus. Peace.

There’s something simply human in this longing. There’s a sense that we aren’t made to live fractured, crowded lives. The more stuff, activities, demands, interests, thoughts, pursuits that swirl around us, the less “whole” we feel.

This month we’ll look at the spiritual discipline of simplicity — both at how it has been understood throughout Christian history (primarily in terms of material simplicity) and also more broadly how we may apply it today to other areas of our lives (simplicity of focus, simplicity in our use of time, and so on).

And we’ll begin today with a compelling passage of Scripture. Mull over these words, pray through them, speak Jesus’ truth to yourself. Invite God to speak to you as you begin this month of exploring and practicing simplicity.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33, NLT).


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