This post is for the woman whose plate is really really full.
Every where I look (including my own archives lol!) I see people saying to “simplify” your life. I feel like it’s the Christian Christmas buzzword. We have full calendars, full laundry baskets, full bellies, full toy boxes, and full closets. Goodness – the storage units down the road are overflowing and new ones seem to be popping up everywhere!
People’s lives are fuller than they’ve ever been and we just keep on adding more – grasping for the elusive happiness we hope the next thing will bring us.
And so the backlash is to call a time-out and remind everyone to stop it and simplify.
And I get it because it’s what I need to do all year long. I need to learn to say more “no’s” to people, stuff and food!
But here is what is not helpful, telling a busy woman to simplify her life – equating it to a higher standard of holiness or godliness. Because the reality is…
Many women are busy doing things that are non-negotiables.
Not all of us are able to carve up our calendars as we please. Many of you are in a season of life that demands a lot, whether it’s working outside the home to make ends meet, caring for an ailing family member that has no one else but you, or taking care of a special needs child. Some seasons of life demand around the clock vigilance and telling a woman like this to “slow down” only heaps needless stress and guilt. And I know if she could escape for a long vacation of sleep and Bible reading – she’d take that opportunity in a second. But there’s no escape for some situations.
Here’s the thing…
In some cases (not all – hear me on this)… simple = selfish.
There is a danger in simplifying to the point that we don’t reach out to the hurting and the lost because it takes precious time and makes life feel full and overwhelming!
Serving is not simple.
Serving is a sacrifice.
And the baby born in a manger – was the ultimate sacrifice.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Simple does not always equal Godly.
So this is for the woman – whose plate is really really full. God is not looking at our calendars — but at our hearts.
Is your calendar full from striving, serving or sacrifice?
If it’s from striving – stop. You are grasping for all the wrong things and come December 26th, you will feel an empty hole in your heart from misplaced priorities. The message of simplify is for YOU!
But if it’s from serving and sacrifice – may God bless you.
Walk with the King,