drop of waterI couldn’t have said it better, so I’m going to let Jeff Herron say if for me.
“Perhaps my capacity is too small and my capabilities too few and weak, but I do not seem to be the only individual sometimes overwhelmed by the rush and push of 21st-century Western living. Between social media, the ease of acquiring things, and the accelerating pace of change on all fronts (technological, political, societal, etc.), it can feel as if a great wave is crashing on me with unrelenting force, pinning me to the ocean floor and crushing the life out of me. In the days when I worked as an IT professional, it seemed I was right in the worst part of the storm — 200 emails before lunch! dozens of client phone calls! constant technology glitches! another round of computer updates! — and sometimes I had to lie down on the floor and focus on my breathing until the feeling that I might literally explode passed.
I’m not sure why I am this way, but I have found a ready solution for it in simplifying. The spiritual rationale for the practice is to remove non-essentials from blocking the two-way communication between myself and God. And when it comes to interrupting the flow of that life — the only life there is! — nearly everything is a non-essential. Simplicity facilitates prioritizing, because there are fewer items about which a decision of any kind needs to be made. It has impacts in many facets of life: housing, maintenance of stuff, food, education, child-rearing, communication, and on and on.
Today, there is almost no area of my life that does not bear the marks of simplification. From our house to our budget to my one drawer of clothing to the kitchen cupboards to the (usual) serenity of my mind, I have reaped from the practice of simplicity a hundred-fold from what I have sown. This is how we were meant to live! This is a part of what life in the Kingdom of God is like.”
How can you downsize your life to better hear from and follow Jesus?
Set Free Now“W”w

Pitfalls and Waterfalls

waterfalls“I love the view from the top of the mountain,” said a man laying on a grassy hilltop with a deep look of serenity on his face. This didn’t last too long as you see him running down that same hill, “I can’t handle all the problems that come with seeing that far!”
Seeing tomorrow comes with its pitfalls and waterfalls. Ephesians 3:20 tells us that our God is able to do “immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine;” and yet the Psalmist writes, “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul.” (31:1-2)
Contradiction? Nope, they go hand it hand. God wants us to see down the road about the possibilities of who He is and what He can do; thus, our prayer life should reflect this kind of faith.
Our daily focus, however, must be on walking with Him in the moment. You can’t take tomorrow’s steps toward Jesus today. You can only choose to walk with Him right now. Focusing on tomorrow will land you in every pothole along the journey. Focus on walking with Jesus today allows you to be refreshed under the falls of God’s Spirit.
“S”et Free Nowww