Friday, February 4, 2022

Simplify!

 Simplify—my focus word for 2022! Instead of having a list of New Year’s resolutions, each year I choose one word to focus on—to guide my actions all year long.

 This year I chose Simplify. And I don’t mean just simplifying in the physical area of my life only like getting rid of 

unnecessary things, but also in my spiritual, emotional, 

and mental life.

 In my spiritual life, I would like to simplify it to two basic principles: “Love God; love others.” Pretty simplifying, but sometimes a bit challenging putting it into action.

 And I know I won’t get this accomplished in a year because I have been working on it all through my life and will need to continue to do so for the rest of my life.

 In my emotional life, I would like to simplify it to Trust God, getting rid of the extra emotions of fear, worry, and anxiety.

 In my mental life, I would like to try to learn something new as often as I can. Right now, after my desk computer crashed and my son Mark set me up a new computer system with new programs when the old couldn’t be retrieved, I am having to put this “learning something new” into action.

 In the physical realm, I am making some progress. For instance, in the medicine cabinet I am simplifying by getting rid of old medicine.

 I found a bottle of medicine that was my late husband Jim’s dated July 5, 2001. After 21 years I guess it was time to simplify by getting rid of it which I did. 

 And I did it responsibly by putting it in something Adrian Kreisler Drug gave me for safe disposal.

 I also found some Lady Esther 4-purpose face cream I decided to use up since it said it softens dry skin. So I got rid of it faster by using it on my hands and legs.

 I have no idea where it came from or how old it was but it got put to good use and is no longer taking up space and so fulfilled my simplifying focus.

 I have also started simplifying by going through my books to divide into keep and give away.

 And I am continuing to winnow out things in the garage and the barn.

 But I guess the most important simplifying is the spiritual and this is the verse I will try to go by. 

 Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set along side it. “Love others as well as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39 MSG)

 Love in Jesus,  God’s “simplifying” servant,  Liz Ray

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