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August 19, 2013

“There is great freedom in simplicity.”[1]

James Bryan Smith wrote this about Rich Mullins. Mullins lived a simple life. He lived on an Indian Reservation to teach the kids there, lived off a small portion of his income, and kept minimal possessions. That’s the simple life – simplicity.

How have we complicated our lives? We overschedule our time and overspend our income for stuff. This in turn takes us away from friends and family, and reduces our bank accounts. It robs our ability to bless others with our time and finances. It is a vicious cycle.

How can you simplify your life this week? Maybe it means eliminating an activity from the crazy schedule. Or it may mean eliminating your daily coffee from your favorite coffee shop and make your own at home. When looking at this, write your ideas down. Share them with someone who will help you accomplish these tasks. Go simple this week!


[1] James Bryan Smith. An Arrow Pointing to Heaven. (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 200). 149

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6 Comments
  1. Well, I didn’t go to work today- does that count? 😉

  2. Love knowing the back stories on artists, it makes their music make so much more sense!!

    • You are so correct. This book I took this quote from is an amazing, yet brief, biography of sorts of Rich Mullins. It’s not a true biography as it takes some of his songs and delves into how they formed. It goes into some great detail on his grand theological journey.

  3. David Stephens permalink

    Amen to that! My wife has always said that I would be happy in a one room cabin with a bed and a table. So many distractions in life today take us away from what really matters. May we always remember to give that coat we don’t need to one who has none. It blesses the one receiving and the one giving. Amazing how wise our Lord truly is.

    • Thanks for commenting on the post. You are correct – we have distractions to distract us from other distractions. To eliminate these distractions is to open room for God and others.

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