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Monday, June 17, 2013

Freedom of Simplicity

Michael and I have decided that it's time to care for each of our mental and spiritual health(s?) as much as it is our physical (one of those things that gets pushed aside with the business of parenting). So my absolutely dear husband actually made me schedule an hour of alone time yesterday for today. My heart was still racing for about the first 10 minutes, something I don't normally notice because I don't normally slow down ever (as indicated by the stress cold sore that I'm sporting currently).

Anyway, it's amazing the insight I can find like right away because I'm so hungry for it. I picked up Richard Foster's book Freedom of Simplicity off of the bookshelf and noticed that I had started it and never finished it. I read what I had underlined, and right off the bat I knew I should pick this book up again.
We also struggle with the problem of competing responsibilities that all demand our attention. Like Jack's beanstalk, our obligations seem to grow overnight.  We are trapped in a rat race, not just of acquiring money, but also of meeting family and business obligations. We pant through an endless series of appointments and duties. The problem is especially acute for those who sincerely want to do what is right. With frantic fidelity we respond to all calls to service, distressingly unable to distinguish the voice of Christ from that of human manipulators. We feel bowed low with the burden of integrity.
I have struggled with overcommitment my entire adult life. I'm fully aware of it, and I still do it. All. The. Time.

And the wisdom of getting alone time as it relates to simplicity:
Solitude refers principally to the inward unity that frees us from the panicked need for acclaim and approval. Through it we are enabled to be genuinely alone, for the fear of obscurity is gone; and we are enabled to be genuinely with others, for they no longer control us.
How did he read my mail? For real. I do for sure end up in a frenzy when I don't get enough solitude to be with God and my thoughts. I start caring way too much about what people think of me instead of what my Creator thinks. But when I'm centered in my Center, I can be more present for people, especially my family.
Enslavement to the opinions of others is the source of a great deal of duplicity in modern society. How often we discover our action to be prompted, not by the divine Center, but by what others may say or think.
Ugh, it's so hard to tell sometimes, isn't it? I mean, it's not as black and white as it seems sometimes. Sometimes a lot of things I do are "approved" by others and God, but what was my motivation? That's what really matters to God.

Okay, that's all I got for now. I hope those little nuggets blessed someone out there. They sure refreshed me.

1 comment :

  1. I love that! I struggle with that all of the time! I have so many irons in the fire that I'm sure to get burned by at least 2 of them anytime now.


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