May 6, 2013
I know I am a horrible blogger these days! Even this blog has sat on my computer for a week waiting to be finished! I just don’t sit down and find the time to write about anything! I rarely am even journaling. All these things that I had planned on doing when I was released, are just not realistic in the outside world. For instance, I blogged almost every day when in prison because I had more time than I knew what to do with. But now, I am trying to find enough time in each day to do the things I need to do, then I will fit in things that I like to do… and there are just not enough hours in the day when your bedtime is 9:30pm!
Sometimes I just get so overwhelmed with all the social media, that I just want to shut off the computer and leave the phone in the car. Now I’m not saying this because I am popular and get a lot of calls or anything. I am purely worn out by all the different means of communication. I’m used to being able to communicate on my own time. And now I have an abundance of ways for people to get a hold of me. And I’m not sure if I like it.
So most of the time when I’m not blogging, it is because I rarely even pick up the computer at night. I’m on the computer all day at work. And I just want to come home and do something different. I know these are lame excuses. And I’m not sure if I’m trying to convince myself or someone else why I am a social media hermit. But what I do know is that I miss my simple life.
There is too much going on around me now and I just want it to be simple again.
So how do I get back to the simple life?
1 Thess. 4:11 says to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands.”
So what is a quiet life anyways? What does that mean? And how do I get back to it?
I think first I have to evaluate the people in my life. Are there people who are distracting me from what I once knew as simple? Are there people who are pushing me toward a life filled with Jesus? Are there people who bring drama into my life? Are there people who are draining me of all my energy? Am I surrounded by people who have a common vision as me?
Then I need to evaluate what I am spending my time doing. Am I filling my days with activities that glorify God? Am I waking up with Jesus on the mind, and putting Him first before anything? Do I spend more time using every means of technology and spend less time reading or journaling? Do I have my priorities in line or am I just living each day as it comes and not putting important things first? Am I spending time with family or am I running off to hang out with friends? If I were to record every hour of my day, what would it look like?
There are definitely some evaluations that need to be done in my life. I think I can see where the simpleness of life has transformed into needless complications.
Still the question remains: What is simple? Simple is living your life for Jesus alone. Having a simple faith that says: This is what I believe and this is how I am going to live. I don’t need anything extra. I don’t need to fill my free time with temporary joys. Simple is looking for the eternal in everything because that is all that matters.
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder