How Simplified Are You?
I’ve compiled a list of ten ways to discern how simplified you are. After listening to a sermon last weekend, reading on the topic and being a strong proponent of simple living, I decided it might be challenging/interesting to come up with ways to gauge just how much I adhere to this kind of living.
Rhetorical questions. Not expecting answers unless you’d like to expound on one or more of the following.
How Simplified are you?
- How long does it take you to get ready before going out in public?
- Would praying about whether or not to purchase something seem like an absurd thing to do?
- Are you able to spend chunks of time alone or in solitude without an overwhelming desire to be around people, in conversation, or around noise and/or distraction?
- Can you readily find joy in the small things in life like a loved one’s smile, a falling leaf or a special song?
- Are you entertained by, amused by or in awe of nature?
- Is it difficult for you to find pleasure in things that are free?
- How much of a struggle is it for you to give things away?
- How enticed are you by advertising?
- Do you get easily annoyed by interruptions in your day?
- Do you find you’re often misunderstood because you overstate your point, you talk around things, you “pretty up” certain topics or you hide behind flowery language?
After evaluating my answers I’m convinced it might do me some good to let God do a little long division on my complicated fractioned life. You know, break it on down. (I think God’s been waiting for someone to set Him up for a dance routine for a very long time!)
*photos by flickr