Simplicity Day: 3 ways to get back to basics
Simplicity Day is an opportunity to enjoy the simple things and re-evaluate the clutter and distractions in our lives. The day itself has similarities with Christian principles of generosity, thankfulness and relationship. Here are three simple ways to embrace the day…
Give instead of gather
For those of us who seem to gain belongings at a rapid rate, it may be that having a clear out is a great way to clear the mind. While shopping and having new things is enjoyable, often we can blur the things we want with the things we actually need. Organising clothes, items and even food means we can see opportunities to bless others with what we own. From clothes swaps, to food bank donations, or even just using what we have before buying more – there’s plenty of simple actions we can take. Jesus, while teaching a crowd, told a helpful parable of a rich man who had a great harvest. With all of his new wealth of crops, he wasn’t sure what to do with himself! After thinking, he tore down his barns and built giant storehouses for all of his crops. His plan was to enjoy all that he had. However, the response of God reminds us that helping others and being resourceful, is worth more than just being rich in the moment. In Luke 12:20-21 we see the response: “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (NIV).
Make people a priority
In the rush of everyday life, it can be easy to lose focus on the things that matter to us. This year has certainly been a lesson for a lot of us, having had luxuries taken away, on what is really important. Take a moment to take stock on those people and places that have positively impacted your life. Why not send them a text, pick up the phone, or meet up in person to thank them. Giving encouragements and affirmations to people, based on their Godly characteristics, reminds both parties of what truly matters. Community always been part of God’s plan for us and sharing our time with others is one of the simplest way to take life back to basics. Hebrews 10 encourages us beautifully:
‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’ (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)
Preserve what matters
It’s so easy to buy anything we like in supermarkets, and online. However, many things including food, electronics and furniture can be grown, repaired or made at home with just a little time. Perhaps there’s something that’s been on the blink that instead of instantly replacing, could be fixed with a little help from the manual or a friend. It could be that you want to try your hand at growing your own vegetables – tomatoes and lettuce are a really easy start! Another idea is to cook something new, maybe from a favourite restaurant you’ve been unable to visit this year. All of these things develop our patience, and while they might seem like small actions, they teach us that good things take time, effort and learning. Throughout the Bible we see pictures of growing and cultivating through seasons, and the repairing of important buildings, clothing and fishing equipment, all linked to the work of God. There really is joy to be had in patiently achieving or cultivating the things we love!