We all come to a place in our lives when we start to really reflect. Not just thinking about what we've done so far in our lives, but really deeply contemplating what our life is supposed to be about and if we're really doing what it is that makes us happy. It's a time when we stop and look at mortality as something that is really going to happen to us- when we lose that mindset of "death is for other people". It puts life into perspective and the questions that this reflection raises can be quite difficult to face.
For some, the questions are ignored and the deep reflections needed are pushed aside as life goes on. For others, the questions become the epicenter of living and a search begins that won't ever cease until the end. Many others fall somewhere in the middle and work to try to find the deep answers to life while also not allowing it to control everything.
I'd like to say I'm in the middle, but truthfully guys, my mind is so philosophical that I'm probably more towards searching and wandering end of the spectrum. I am constantly reflecting, evaluating, and pondering life and its situations and scenarios. I am constantly searching, wandering, and waiting as I plead with God to open the door so that I can have the answers I so desperately want to find.
Our society has told us that we must value things like money, power, jobs, popularity to have success in life. That is the way to prosperity, the way to a happy life. It's the American dream: nice house, nice car, nice things, good job. For some, this is what they will choose to work towards their entire lives. It's what we've been told to do. But the earth continues to call me. Mother Nature continues to whisper in my ear, "Come back".
I cannot walk through a field without being mesmerized by the grasses blowing. I cannot walk the path to the garden without feeling a sense of belonging as the birds sing the soundtrack to the day. I cannot go to our land without feeling a sense of sadness when it's time to leave.
As I've grown older, God is reshaping my view. He's welcoming me to look at his creation as He created it- as the only resources we need. He's showing me the destruction our greed is having on our planet. He's showing me another way.
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
We can choose to live a simpler life. We can choose to serve God instead of things. We can choose experiences and relationships over money and objects.
It's not going to be easy. I'm still in a process of recognizing what are things that I want and what are things that I need. How can I simplify my life while continuing to provide for my family?
Five ways to simplify your life today...
What do you do to simplify your life? I would love to hear your ideas and tips too! Let's get this conversation started.
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