I honestly think that fear is the biggest enemy of simplicity.
Think about it.
When I fear that I will never be good in the kitchen, I load my shelves with cookbooks.
When I fear that people will not respect my “no”, I fill my schedule with commitments.
When I fear that I will not lose the weight, I hang onto jeans that are 3 sizes ago.
When I fear that I will be abandoned, I hoard relationships…even unhealthy ones.
When I fear that people will not like my personality, I stuff my closet with flashy, trendy clothes.
A life full of fear is a life empty of simplicity.
When we let fear win, we hurt ourselves. Clutter (physical, mental, spiritual, emotional…) is heavy, yes? A simple life is a lightened life, while a cluttered life lugs things around like bricks in a burlap sack.
When I inspect, I see that – at the root – all my fears have to do with a need for approval and love. I want to be a good cook so that my friends and family will like me. I want to loose weight so I will feel more attractive. I want people to like me, so I say “yes” to letting unhealthy relationships and extracurricular commitments consume my time.
But what if I could let go of those burdensome fears and exchange them for one simple truth?
Jesus is enough.
He will always be the richest fulfillment.
He will always provide for all of my needs (not wants, needs…we’ll get to that later).
He will always approve of me, call me worthy, and find me lovely.
He will always give more grace.
He will always bring me closer to perfection in His love.
I John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
As we walk side by side through October, friend, let me remind you of this – In Christ, we have nothing. to. fear. We can let go of fear and move forward towards Him, and the simple life He longs for us to live.
If you’re honest, what fears are cluttering your life right now?