Simplicity is a topic I’ve been reading & hearing a lot about recently. I have also been giving a lot of thought to simplifying my life.
I can get overwhelmed so easily with all the perceived responsibilities/commitments that I have. Some are actual commitments that are necessary to keep. Others are only things that I have perceived to be responsibilities or things I think that I have to do.
Things that are actual commitments that I must attend to & I want to attend to include my relationship with God, my relationship with my husband, what I have volunteered to do at church, my job, my relationships with my family. These are all relationships that are important.
Things that are just perceived as commitments include Facebook, games that I play, Pinterest, hobbies, tv, books. These are all things that set themselves up to look like commitments.
Somehow these things have become reversed. For example, when I feel that I have to watch that tv show or check Facebook instead of spending quiet time with God or talking to someone. Technology is such a temptation. My phone is there. I always think I have to check it on a regular basis or I might get behind on notifications. I have to play my games on a daily basis or my friends might think I don’t want to play the game anymore.
The phone is handy. Technology is helpful. But when it starts taking the place of my relationships, it becomes another thing entirely.
It is so easy for me to hide behind a computer/phone. I’m an introvert by nature. I draw energy from being alone. I often don’t always know what to say in social situations. Being in a crowd drains me due to so much going on. I know my fellow introverts understand.
However, there are relationships that I have that have suffered, because I don’t take time for them.
Something I’m working on is not worrying about how much I’m spending on things & work on how much time I’m spending with the people I care about. I know that will take time & it may not always appear that way to others, but God is working in me to be a better person.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
I also need to work on changing my thoughts towards all my perceived responsibilities. Those things are NOT things that I have to check on a daily basis, if I don’t want to. It’s just a routine that I have started. I need to start a new routine where I don’t do all of these things as often, which could leave more time for what’s important.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you wil be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
It also will decrease my feelings of being overwhelmed. I can only do one thing at a time. So some things may just end up going by the wayside.
It is time for some evaluation of what is part of my life and how much of a part of my life it is.
So the process has begun.