We’re all trying to reduce, reuse and recycle. Maybe there’s a desire to clean with natural ingredients or to reduce the toxins in your environment and in your food.
We’re decluttering, purging and trying not to consume more or purchase more. In an effort to simplify our entertainment, the focus on less is more has become our mottos. You’re trying to parent, live, cook, clean, etc. with more intentionality.
This is all wonderful and good! I’m in the same boat.
My encouragement today is to remind myself, and you as well, to do this all on your own terms. To seek the Lord, answer a few important questions before simplifying, and then move forward with a sense of direction.
Because it’s entirely possible on this quest for simplicity to just follow someone else. There’s quite a bit of information out there via magazines, websites, and more.
These are so helpful when we need to Google information or read up on an area!
But if we don’t have a compass in mind of what our family’s needs are right now, or how we should be approaching these decisions right now….we may just copycat someone else.
And this, dear friends, will definitely stress us out.
We’re meant to live our own lives, regardless of how awesome the life of another friend, blogger, or simple living guru may seem. Our judgement of whether or not we’re overspending or have too many clothes (or any other decision) should be based on a purpose and vision which makes sense for our lives right now.
Be inspired, but don’t simply copy. Learn and grow from others, but see what is best for you and your family before jumping in.
This is true simplicity…defined on a vision of what will bless your family and honor God in this season of your life.
This way offers us peace instead of stress. Yes!