Simplifying can mean a number of things to different people, but one thing I think everyone can agree on is that simplifying means to make something more simple. Simple can be defined as plain, straightforward, uncomplicated- basic in nature. So if we're looking to simplify our lives, we should be looking to live a plain, straightforward, uncomplicated, and basic in nature life.
So how do we get to that basic and plain life? Is basic and plain a bad thing? I don't think so. Time and time again so many have found their lowest point as they searched for more than just a basic and plain life. So many of the celebrities in our culture today seem to struggle with substance abuse and mental illness. Why is it? They have everything the world can offer- why is it that they're still so unhappy?
Perhaps we aren't designed to live in such a way. Perhaps we can never be completely content with the things of this world because they separate us from remembering our true worth in heaven, and they separate us from knowing God.
When we constantly are on the search for more, we stop trusting God's gifts as enough, and instead try to take over the reigns on the path to our own happiness. If I only had this, then I'd be happy we might tell ourselves. But greed is a dangerous monster that grows the more it is fed. Before we know it, it has consumed us too, separating us from what God says is important and pulling us more towards what the world tells us is important. Once greed has consumed us, it's hard to find a way to tame the monster that has now taken over.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
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