I’m into simplicity these days. I believe one of the biggest reasons so many of us are experiencing stress in our lives is because we complicate our lives with more. I believe too many people embrace the false idea “more is better.” Let me give you a couple examples of what I mean.
I consistently see too many churches constipating themselves with so many programs that the average human being couldn’t possibly attend them all. Human and financial resources are going to (good) programs with no real focus on the “essential ministry program” that clearly moves someone onto their next step in becoming more like Christ. More is not better in churches.
Organizations and companies have discovered this truth. Apple and Google are leaders in their industry because they have kept things simple. With simplicity comes clarity and focus. More is not better in organizations and companies.
Sadly, many families have not discovered this truth. Family calendars are bursting at the seams with work obligations (for both spouses) and church activities, and sports and extracurricular activities are running amok. Families are running themselves ragged with another night out and another night with no real family bonding time of conversation and relaxation together. Husbands and wives are finding no real time to pour into each other, and everyone is feeling guilty because they can’t find the time to read their Bible, much less find some time to exercise.
So what do we do? It’s a matter of choices. We choose the better things. Churches say no to good programs and stick to what’s best. Churches have to choose the best thing. Companies and organizations say no to lots of good stuff even though the masses say more is better. And families have to choose the best for their families and prioritize time together.
Galatians 6:5 (NLT) says, “We are each responsible for our own conduct.”
You have the power to simplify your life. In fact, God expects us to assume responsibility for our lives and to carefully choose how we spend our time. When you try to do more than God planned for you, it’s only natural you will find yourself constantly out of time or stressed over your schedule.
My prayer for you is that you will find relief from stress and a new sense of satisfaction as you do only the things God created you and your family to do.