For many years, Nancy and I have had a plaque hanging in our home that says, “Live Life Simply.” During the decades before we purchased the plaque, we practiced what it preaches. Our marriage and our home have been intentionally simple for over forty-two years. While we have maintained a very fulfilling home, we have not overscheduled ourselves to the point that we have no time for God or one another.
Simple does not mean boring or useless. We have always used our home as a place to build and strengthen relationships around the table and in the living room. Nancy prepares wonderful meals, and we enjoy sharing them with others. The relationships we form with others enrich our lives. Ministry does take place on the weekends and after hours over the phone and through necessary visits. Still, we have been able to live life simply.
We aim at one target. We continue to trust that Jesus will fulfill the promise He made in Matthew 6:33. If we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, everything we need will be added unto us. Jesus handles the details of our lives when we prioritize His kingdom and our relationship with Him. As we seek Him first, not second, He makes sure that we are given shelter, food, fulfillment, hope, purpose, transportation, joy, relationships, health, and everything else that is necessary for an abundant life in this world.
We count our blessings specifically and often. As we list what we are grateful for, we are reminded of God’s goodness and grace. We consider ourselves greatly blessed because of what God has provided for us. We do ask for God’s merciful intervention. However, we do more thanking than asking. Our gratitude for what we do have, keeps us from longing for what we do not have.
We face life together as one. Nancy and I became one when we covenanted before God to be husband and wife. We discuss and plan and act in this world as one. The fact that we share our lives simplifies our lives by making possible our assistance of one another. We encourage and help one another as we journey through life. Our partnership in life simplifies our lives. We accept that we cannot “have it all” in this world. That’s just fine, as long as we have Jesus and one another.
Live life simply, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Barnabas and John Mark” Acts 15:36-41
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.