Living Simply

I love shopping. I love things. Cute little adorable things. I would love to have my house be perfect. Decorated to the nines. But here's the thing about me. I tend to attempt to find my self-worth in those things. In other words, the more cute adorable things I have, the better I feel.

This goes against what I feel I should be focusing on. After all, the bible clearly talks about being content. Here is just one example; Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? (Hebrews 13:5) I want to live simply. To not always seek the next cool thing. I want to be happy with what I have and where I am in life. 

I am fairly certain I'm not the only one struggling with living simply. It's not even about being a Christian but living on this earth we do need things. How do we decide how much is enough? Where do we find the balance? I must constantly evaluate what I see, hear, and even what I think, because only then will I find the truth. The truth is I need very little. Did you get the same grip of fear that I did?

So, it comes down to this question; how do we live simply?

1. Appreciate what we have. When we are thankful for what we have, we see that we often have more than enough.

2. Know what is most important to us. If you are like me then you have lots and lots of stuff. Stuff you thought you needed but now, you don't really care for. Pick a room and select the items you absolutely adore. Things that make you smile.

3. Let go of unimportant things to bless others. I'm not saying to give things away although that's an option. But, even if you sell things there are people that need them. People that need them instead of just want them.

4. Don't set yourself up for failure. Figure out your what your weaknesses are and plan accordingly. Don't carry all your credit cards with you. If you know you are prone to impulse buying then don't go to the store alone. Only you can decide what the best plan is for you.

5. Tell someone about your decision to live simply. Accountability is important for anything. A friend, a spouse, your mom, your sister...whoever will keep you from breaking your decision.

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