#DiasporaMemoirs  Lately, I have been thinking about life and how we have made it so complicated by adding on excesses which we either do not need and do not want to do away with or we just want to be seen to have them.

Our hearts are full of self; therefore we get offended easily when we do not get the attention that we thought we need to be accorded. We have become too entitled as we struggle to be all sufficient.

Our hearts are full of unforgiveness therefore, we get lost in our bitterness thus fail to enjoy the simple things of life.

Our lives have been captured by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.

1st John 2:16 for the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

But life is simple. How you ask me? Don’t you see how the world is right now, the sickness, war, killings, injustice and all the bad stories that we see in the news? Families are suffering, children are neglected and many other unpleasant things?

Yes, even though it seems like there’s no hope, there is HOPE. If only we embrace the simplicity of life.

Simplicity of life is all about:

  • Letting go of the excesses that you do not need.
  • Letting go of things and habits that you cannot sustain.
  • A little help here and a little help there which adds value to one person to the next
  • Abandoning the grumbling heart
  • Creating one more room for one more person
  • Embracing all without prejudice

Jesus Christ is our best teacher on simplicity of life. He had it all. He was the Son of God. We saw His Fathers love when he got baptized by John the Baptist at River Jordan,

Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him,[a] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;  and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son,[b] with whom I am well pleased.”

Now with such kind of introduction from His Father would it mean more reason for Jesus to boast or show off and exalt himself even more. Yes, but he did not. But he chose to do what His Father sent him to do and God was glorified through him, the simplicity of life.

He met up with different cadres of people, transversed through different towns, crossed numerous lakes with His Disciples.

The Pharisees and saducess were his biggest critics during his ministry, still he did not feel the need to be prideful or show off that he is a know it all, and he did not fall their  pressure, neither did he sideline them but he kept on teaching and stuck to the work that he had been sent to do. We lose the simplicity of life when we get distracted more so when we listen and believe what our critics say about us. In order to prove them wrong we add on excesses which in real sense you are not or you do not need.

Jesus Christ met up with the abandoned, the ailing, the dirty and filthy, demon possessed yet he did not despise, neither shun them, he embraced them, created one more space for them without looking at where the  person came from, what class or caste is he/she from. We lose the simplicity of life when we look down upon others, when we think we are better that the lowly, our hearts become hardened to their needs. When they reach out to us for help we turn our backs from them, we hold up our noses and walk away.

Simplicity of life is about

Love – God loved us and sent his Son Jesus Christ who simplified our wretched life’s and gave us an opportunity to be made right with God therefore obtain the good that He Our Father had already destined for each one of us from the word go.

To love him in all its simplicity is Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

 Embrace the Love of our Father for us – The fact that God chose me and you and not us, is reason enough to just embrace the simplicity of life through loving Him and loving  others.

Slow down – we have become too busy or made our selves busy at the end of the day you are super tired yet you have nothing to show what exactly you have done. Jesus Christ transversed all through but he would slow down when need be. He slowed down by the well and met up with the Samaritan woman and later drank water from the well that would never run dry, causing a spillover to the whole village to follow through and eventually getting them to experience Christ in their own way …simplicity of life.

Creating just one more space.. He slowed down to heal the blind Bartimaeus, He slowed down to take notice of the lady with issue of blood and assured her of her healing by faith, he slowed down for a widow who had lost her son and out of compassion for her, he raised him up, and he slowed down many many times and each time he slowed down, something miraculous happened.

Be grateful for the much or little that you have. He had five loaves and two fish and 5000 men to feed. He gave thanks and everyone was satisfied and disciples carried off the excesses.

Relinquish our need to be self sufficient and let God take His role. He is an all sufficient God. In him is life the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.

Sit and wait patiently at the feet of the one who makes everything beautiful in His Time.

He has a special invite for all of us. Matthew 11: 28 come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Right there is our simplicity of life. Embrace it Savor the beauty of God in His Creation, The beauty in each new day. Be thankful. Pray. Rejoice. He is in Control and still on The Throne for you and I






The greatest is Love





5 thoughts on “SIMPLICITY OF LIFE”

  1. Amen and Amen. What a challenge! Simplicity of life! This is very timely counsel for me in my current season of life. Slowing down and creating space for just one more…I love this. God bless you Janet. Keep writing!

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