How to Live Simply

It’s possible that living simply becomes a little bit complicated when you try to put it in a list. You wonder if you are forgetting things or if you are putting down far too many things. These are some ideas/thoughts that I have had about life recently. Things that appeal to me or things that I feel can give me a more Christ-like approach to life. And each of these things is on the list because I believe that it is valuable and something to strive for. Not because I have accomplished it. In fact, some of these things go against my nature. But I’m working on it!

If you had a disco ball and placed it where the sun can shine on it in the morning, you too could have wonderful diamonds of light all over your walls and ceiling and everything. I highly recommend it.
If you had a disco ball and placed it where the sun can shine on it in the morning, you too could have wonderful diamonds of light all over your walls and ceiling and everything. I highly recommend it.
  • Say thank you. To people. To God. “…give me that rest without rest, the rest of ceaseless praise.” “The Grace of the Cross,” from The Valley of Vision
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do more for them than you would have to. Define kindness Gary Chapman style: ““Kindness means noticing someone else and recognizing his/her needs. It means seeing the value in every person we meet.” Blow people away with your kindness.
  • Buy the things you like, and like the things that you buy. Buy things that you need. Don’t buy things that you already have. Use the things that you have. Have things that you can use.
    • If something brings joy/pleasure/enjoyment/appropriate entertainment it is useful. (But don’t throw reason and sensibility out the window.)
  • When something is old, and you are not using it, or you have bought something to replace it, you must throw it away. Occasional exceptions may be made if “sentimentality” becomes involved.
  • If there’s not a reason to rush, don’t. Just enjoy whatever you are doing. Even if it’s washing dishes.
  • Like a wise teacher at Faith Builders once said: “Keep first things first. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Do not neglect second and third things.”
  • Make sure that you do the things that you want to. Meet your goals. Don’t always fail when you could succeed. Accomplish what you want to.
  • Grow plants and make food and create things- do the things that you love to do.
  • When bad things happen, instead of squeezing your eyes closed and scrunching up in a ball, reach into the darkness and feel around for God. You will find Him. He will be closer than you first thought. And you will always remember that. That He was there when it was bad.
  • If something is bothering you, change it! Don’t be continually frustrated by the same things if you could do something to change them. If you can’t do anything to change those things… then just CHILL OUT, Miss Shantz.
  • Be prepared. This means keeping socks and Kleenexes and a notebook in your purse and band-aids in your coat pocket. (It means other things too.)
  • Accept God’s invitation to come, and then invite him into all of your moments. Look for Him everywhere. Ask Him to make you more than you could be on your own. Trust that He will. Show Him to everyone that you can. “Your love is like radiant diamonds, bursting inside us- we cannot contain.” “Multiplied”, by NEEDTOBREATHE

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