Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Simplify.
I have seen the word often since the start of the new year. Simplify – to make life easier, less complicated, plainer, and with less stuff or clutter.
Some have made simplifying into a project, making the word almost seem like an oxymoron, for in attempting to make life easier they have made it more difficult.
As I sat thinking on the word earlier, the question came to me – “How would Jesus tell me to simplify my life?”
I will admit the answer did not come quickly. Somewhere between having a cup of coffee or two, maybe three, and making my bed, the answer gently came:
“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the commands of the prophets as based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NLT)
Jesus simplified the commandments bringing it down to these two for us.
Love God, first and foremost.
Secondly, love others well.
Love of God will set our heart attitude towards others correctly. A profound sense of love and gratitude towards God and all that He has done for us , will develop a heart of compassion towards those around us.
Jesus made it very simple for us:
Love God deeply and you will love others deeply as well.
Let’s live a simplified life.