Living a Simple Life

Today’s verse:  Proverbs 13:7   A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.

Living a simple life.   This sounds so easy, but in reality it is not.  Society demands that we live a more complicated life.  Social media causes us to be competitive, to look our best, to out-do our friends in fun and fashion.  It requires that we always look good and enjoy our life.

Work causes us stress and makes u s competitive as well.  We want to be promoted, we want to look good to the boss, we want to get a raise.

Family stresses also abound.  As a parent, we try to be everything to everyone.  We are providers, coaches, nurses, cooks, cleaners, repairers, and so on.   We have to do it all.

Stresses such as these are not good for your health.  Life needs to be simple.   What if we just stay off of social media for a while?   Will  anyone really miss seeing us?  What if we take 15 to 30 minutes every day during work to just meditate, or go for a walk, or read something totally unrelated to work?   What if we don’t make our bed this morning or leave the housecleaning undone?  What if we do something simple, as a family, like a puzzle or read aloud a good novel?   Life does not have to be complicated, and it is so important to our health to do something simple.

Simplicity can be achieved in so many ways.   Taking a walk, enjoying nature, having family time, reading a book, discussing this book, meditating, taking a nap, deep breathing, living mindfully.   The benefits of a simpler life will show in your health.

As the verse above states, God wants our lives to be simple.  Throughout the Bible, he tells us not to be anxious, do not stress, be simple.  The Bible tells us that God will take on our troubles and our cares.  He will be our rock.  He will support us and save us.  Do not make life complicated.   Live simply, knowing that God will provide for all of your needs.      Blessings on your simple life!

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