January 6, 2015

How To Simplify Your Life in One Easy Step

Today, I’m taking the Christmas tree down and putting all the ornaments and decorations away for another year.  There’s something refreshing about having everything cleaned up and back to normal. With the new year already underway, I could blog about organizational tips, share to-do lists, setting goals, etc., but I’m not going to.  Instead, I would like to share something that will help simplify your life.  We could all use some simplicity after the holidays that somehow seem to exhaust and deplete us.

This past Sunday, our sermon was titled, “Simplify Your Life in 1137 Easy Steps.”  (LOL)
The scripture passage was taken from Luke 10:38-42. 

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.  She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?  Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

We can all relate to having company over and the many preparations it entails.   If you have the help of someone, it can make things so much easier.  I’m not suggesting you hire a maid.  In this passage, Martha was overwhelmed and resentful toward her sister because she had to do everything herself.   When she told Jesus to tell her sister, Jesus gave Martha a strange answer, “only one thing is needed.”    What is that “one thing?”  He is looking for a friendship with each of us.  Just imagine, the Creator of the universe wants to have a relationship with me!  How do we do it?  Just talk to him and ask him.  He doesn't expect you to be perfect.  Just come as you are.  When we invite Jesus into our lives, we begin this friendship with him.  Praying is simply talking to God, and when we read the Bible, we open ourselves to hear from Him and it brings growth in our life. 

You may think that you don’t have time.  There are so many things that need to be done.  How can I add a quiet time with him.  Somehow, when we are filled up, we are able to make better choices, love others more, eat better, become more creative and we experience a deeper life that Jesus wishes for us.  We are able to be more attentive to what God desires and we experience life in all of its fullness. However, if we are depleted, we over complicate life, are easily irritated, we overspend and feel resentment. 

If we carve out a little time and find a quiet place every day where we can turn off all the “noise” and talk with Jesus, we soon begin to see that all the rest will fall into place.

This year my biggest goal is to simplify my life by making sure I choose that “one thing.”  I hope you will too.  Let’s see where it takes us.

*Notes above are adapted from the sermon at LCBC.  You can see the whole video message here:

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