Life can get complicated quickly. We get so busy picking up and dropping off kids, running—chasing—hunting these creatures down, going to work, posting about our crazy life, cleaning—cooking—driving constantly that we hardly slow down for a minute and enjoy our time with our family and friends. We overcomplicate life. Life is designed to be fresh, fun, and fulfilling. So how do you simplify life? Try implementing these three things into your life.
START FRESH: Daily, God wants to give us a fresh start. Yesterday is over, so start new today. Sometimes the things that overwhelm us the most are the past and future, but the present moment is all we have. Carve out time in the morning (ideally before anyone is awake) to be with Jesus. Ask Him to give you a fresh start. Let God remind you that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning” (Lam. 3:22-23). Establishing a pattern of starting fresh frees you from the pressures of yesterday and gives you hope to handle the realities of today.
There might be very real bills, pains, and sorrows of yesterday, but those don’t change the very real God who is able to help sustain you, provide for you, and refresh you today. Uncomplicated lives start by hitting the reset button everyday.
CREATE FUN: I know we need to pick up our cross and follow Him daily. Yet, there is also a time to simply have fun. It’s not that every moment is filled with hilarity but God designed us to have joy in our lives—this includes having some fun! Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything including “laughter.” Look at creation. The giraffe with that long neck—really? The platypus! Starfish! Seahorses! God is an artist who loves having fun. In Deuteronomy, the Israelites are commanded to “Be joyful at your festival…For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose.” Festivals are fun. Celebration is fun. What about when people repent? Luke 15:10 says, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
I love those moments in life when my children say something wonderful. Yes, there are times that they say dumb things, but every once in awhile they say something that only a child would say. A few years ago, Spencer, my middle child said, “I love the smell of laughter.” Brian, my oldest, was quick to point out that you can’t smell laughter, but Spencer insisted, “When someone is laughing everything smells better.” He said this while eating a chocolate muffin! The two of them discussed different smells for awhile, but Spencer was convinced that laughing changes the way we experience life.
What if it’s true? What if having fun, laughing, being joyful actually creates a better experience for us. What if having fun is God’s way of reminding us that life isn’t meant to be complicated, it’s designed to be enjoyed. “Be joyful always . . . for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes. 5:16-18)
So, lighten up a little bit today and have some fun. If anybody asks you why you are having so much fun tell them “because God told me to!”
FULFILLING: There are miracles taking place around us everyday. We just have to ask God to awaken us to what He is doing all around us. What if God is trying to teach you through His creation everyday. Take an apple. It’s common. But God can teach us lessons through everyday creations. One apple can produce many trees and thousands of apples. It can never be judged by it’s size, but by what it produces. It’s fulfillment is never seen by giving it’s skin and flesh, but it’s fulfillment is found at it’s core. At it’s core are the seeds that will be planted into the next generations.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.