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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Freedom of Simplicity

Ten or eleven years ago I read Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline in which two chapters (or disciplines) profoundly affected my life. One was on solitude, the other simplicity.

Last week I came across another Foster book, one where he expounds on the topic of simplicity. As I read, I realized I had forgotten how much this discipline has shaped what I teach, especially in the area of time management. It's also why I recently deactivated my Facebook account. I desire

Simple home.
Simple clothes.
Simple speech.
Simple schedule.
Simple dedication to God.

It's not about being rigid, inflexible, or legalistic. And there is no one perfect standard for all. I definitely still have my areas where I'm not simple!! It's a process. But pursuing simplicity has resulted in greater peace and productivity. I'm looking forward to incorporating the concept more intentionally into my writings and speaking.

Richard Foster has been a great influence in my life through his books. I thank God that he took the time to write what he has learned.

3 comments:

  1. I also deleted my facebook page this last week...for a lot of unhealthy reasons, but simplicity was definitely top on my list.

    I met you at Shiloh Hill's MOPs a few months back, and I told you that I would be stalking you from now on. Thanks for posting things on your blog!!! You seem to be a few years ahead of me, and appreciate being pulled along toward a common mission. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Dana

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  2. Of course, I remember our conversation. Your husband is on staff at the "Olive Garden." (just joking...) I probably am a few years ahead of you - because I'm 47 - but I didn't start pursuing a life of Christian simplicity until my late-30s, so I'd say you are way ahead of me! Great to hear from you :)

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  3. Just so you know, I often refer to you as "the lady that I am currently stalking". I just quoted you on my blog, hope that's okay. I have a few faithful followers, so hopefully you will get a little more traffic on your blog this week. :-)

    Dana

    http://kangascommune.wordpress.com

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