I was reflecting on this scripture passage this morning, one that I’ve heard probably 3 million times. Seriously. 3 million. Anyway, I’ve always heard it as:
Take it one step at a time. Focus on what’s in front of you. Seek God first. Don’t worry about the rest.
But today one word rang in between my ears through this whole passage. Simplicity. We’re pointed to the birds & flowers, and to see how they don’t worry. Why don’t they worry? I see a simple simplicity in their lives. Then I turn to us, and simplicity is not a word I word often use to describe my life. This is totally tied then to worry. It’s pretty systematic in my life – the more complex things are, the more I tend to worry. What’s more, the complex worries tend to be more and more trivial matters! Suck.
I stand firm in that this is why so many are deeply effected on the short term mission trip. Once out of your comfort zone, away from the pizazz of life (I can’t believe I just said that), you’re forced to live within a simplicity foreign to your everyday life.
So how do I live simply? Does that mean I have to trash my laptop, cell phone, to-do list, and xbox? Not necessarily. Of course, it might help some people to do that to reach a deeper level of focus. To live simply we need to focus on the necessities of life. I need to focus on God. I need to focus on my wife. On providing for her. On reaching out to others. In honoring God with my money & time. In serving those around me. You may have to take some time and finally, for the first time in how long (years?), to prioritize what’s going on around you. Seek first God’s kingdom, and move toward living a more simple life.