In this day and age, most of us have chaotic lives with hectic schedules. Every day I see parents picking up their children and rushing to a practice or a game. They barely have time to say “hello” or share the happenings of the day. Meals are fast, often in the car on the way to another location. Every moment of “off time” from work or school is packed with entertainment, chores, errands or activities. Every space is filled with noise from the nonstop blare of TV, radio, news, video games or social media. All that noise fills us with worries of crime, terrorists, financial woes, relationship concerns, what we might be doing wrong, and the terrible shape of the world. We are driven to make more money so we can spend more and then we worry over more bills. We want larger homes then it takes more time to maintain them. It can, indeed, be a chaotic world. Most everyone longs for a more simple life with less stress.
It is up to us to slow down and simplify our lives. We have a choice to answer Your call to “Be still and know that You are God.” Those quiet times with You certainly simplify our lives. When we consistently take time to be still in Your presence, You help us to get our priorities straight. You show us what needs to be cut out so we are not overwhelmed. You remind us You have a plan for our lives…and it is not to add more stress but to give us Your peace. Lord, You open up a way when it seems there is no way out. You restore and refresh our souls. You teach us how to truly love and enjoy the moments with our families and those You put in our path. You let us know what we need to handle and what we need to simply place in Your masterful hands. You open our eyes to see the beauty we would be too busy to notice if we weren’t still with You. You reveal more and more of Yourself as we seek these simple times with You.
Lord, help me to consistently choose a more simple life with You. Let me seek You and love You with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. You sent Jesus to give me a more abundant life. The more I simplify my life and seek You, the more blessings are multiplied. You are all I need. You are far more than I could ever hope for. It’s simple…I choose You!
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Heavenly Father, help me seek You first and above all…