Live Simply

The year 2015 began with my quest to discover what the word “simplicity” meant .

I asked myself these questions: How do I keep it simple? In what ways does my life, my marriage, my walk with Christ need to be simpler?

Simple living, I discovered, is what Jesus described in Mark 10: 16:

Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”

The challenge in 2015 was how to live a simple life in the face of challenging circumstances. What I learned is that

Living simply is not the same as simply living.

 To say it another way,

 Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.                   ~ Robin Sharma.

There is no better example of child-likeness than  observing children at Christmas. The excitement, anticipation, joy, wonder, laughter and glee they exhibit should bring a smile to even the severest of Scrooges.

When asked by his disciples who got the highest rank in God’s kingdom,  Jesus responded by calling a little child to Himself.

 I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.

How Do We Become Child-like?

Jesus tells us that if we are child-like, then we are trusting, humble, loving, forgiving.  A young child knows no other way.

How does a child handle forgiveness?

Once he gets over screaming Mine,  he is generally quick to forgive and move on to another toy or activity.

*Hmmmm.*

Do an exercise with me….

Picture a young child. What characteristics stand out?

Care-free

Playful

Accepting

Trusting

Awe

Wonder

Expectancy

Laughs easily and often

Doesn’t judge

Isn’t prejudiced

For many of us, we think of God as severe, stern, rigid. But scriptures tells us the One who rules in heaven laughs,  and that He laughs over us!

And He will show how much he loves you
and how happy he is with you.
He will laugh and be happy about you,

Since God created all of us in His image, I think the joy, laughter and humility given to children is part of His very DNA.

When this realization begin to dawn on Dennis, he found a painting by Willis Wheatley, called “The Laughing Jesus.” It hangs in our living room as a reminder that the Lord does indeed laugh with joy over us!

I need another year (or two, *or more*) to learn to walk in the simplicity of a child. I need to go back to square one and ask Jesus to show me how to live simply.

In 2016, I want to play more. Laugh more.  Be quick to forgive.  Judge less.

I’m still asking myself the same three questions I asked  at the beginning of last year.

Let’s practice child-likeness in 2016.

You are loved,

Debbie

Please check out this link that shows exactly what I am trying to write about: http://www.godisreal.today/pictures-of-jesus/

3 comments

  1. Sharolyn

    Debbie –
    Happy New Year friend! I love reading your blog. Incredible insight and godly wisdom and your approach is always seasoned with love.

  2. Amanda

    Great word!!! It is not easy to Live Simply. It is a daily prayer to lay down our pride and lay down our thoughts in order to think more like Him, without reservation, without prejudism, without pre-conceived ideas about the outcome. These mind sets only complicate things and cause all of those “fear based” mind sets to creep in.

    1. Debbie

      You are so right, Amanda. It is a daily prayer of mine to love without prejudice and judgment…even towards my own husband! Ouch…

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