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Sunday, 01 February 2015

Living Simply and in Harmony

Life is the accumulation of experiences, thoughts, actions, and choices. If your life has become too big, or too complex, you can scale it down to fit your own needs. When you prove what the will of Almighty God is and follow through to do it, you can make room in your life for everything that matters.
To improve the quality of your life, all you have to do is to commit yourself to living simply and in harmony, internally within yourself, with other people, and with everything in your environment. Identify your purpose, live according to it, and reduce all of the distractions that pull you away from it.
Picture 2015 as the year to simplify so that you can improve the quality of your life.

Reduce distractions.
- Get rid of stuff you don’t need.
- Align your need for possessions with the Bible’s teachings.
- Seek Almighty God and His righteousness.
- Pray for help.
- Seek to have an objective perspective.
- Let go emotionally.
- Pursue internal peace and tranquility.
- Spend time with people you love and value.
- Don’t overload your calendar.
- Exhibit compassion toward others.
- Forgive others and yourself.
- Value and live mindfully in every moment.
The more stuff you own, and the more emotions you hold onto, the more you have to manage. When you live this way, you have less time to do what really matters, including helping yourself and taking care of other people.
The Bible teaches us to let go of what hinders us (Hebrews 12:1). By learning to let go, you increase inner peace. Letting go reduces stress and confusion, worries and fears, and helps to increase your faith.
Depending on where you live, society might push the concept of consumerism, which means that the more you buy the better you will feel. If you live in a country like this, you are familiar with that concept. The problem is that attempting to gain happiness by purchasing things does not work. The things that you buy only bring a temporary state of happiness. Things do not bring lasting peace or contentment internally within yourself.
When possessions, emotions, and commitments become out of balance with your own internal harmony, you can lose focus on what’s important. You spend an excessive amount of time thinking and doing things outside of yourself instead of experiencing life by just being and by improving yourself spiritually. Many reasons contribute to a life that becomes too complex and out of balance.
- Your possessions have increased to excess, causing clutter around you.
- Your viewpoints and emotional attachments persist to your own self detriment.
- Your commitments negatively impact the care you have toward yourself and others.
- And so on…
Who says life needs to be so big? If you are feeling overwhelmed, start with a few simple steps to improve the quality of your life.
1. Slow down to relax your mind. When your mind is at ease, you can think clearly and examine what is taking place in your life. When you rush around or become agitated, your thoughts are divided and your mind is not under your full control.
2. Put yourself on your own radar so that you can start to identify where to improve. Self examination is critical to make positive change.
3. Identify what you are holding onto physically and emotionally so that you can start to let go of what is not working. Doing so requires you to be honest with yourself.
When we follow Almighty God Yahweh/Jehovah and keep the standards that He set for us, we can remain objective in our pursuit to live simply and in harmony so that we can meet the basic qualifications and partake of the grace and salvation that is to come.
The quality of our relationships is affected by how we live and the choices we make. If you always hold onto your own ideas, you might find that you do not get along with people as well as you could. You don’t always have to be right or in control of the things around you. If something always has to go your way, pride might be prevalent. Try letting go and see if it has a positive impact on your relationships.
The Bible warns us about the dangers of pride. When we let pride and our own ego obstruct our ability to see clearly, we let our conditioned patterns hold us back emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually. We tell ourselves the same old story that seemed to work for us in the past, and as a result we react based on those conditioned patterns and perceptions, instead of being based on reality. That is one reason why other people can see us more clearly than we see ourselves.
As Jesus did, we too can lead a life of simplicity and harmony. We must learn to minimize the things that don’t add value to our lives. Through his example, Jesus encouraged us to be humble, live humbly, and treat others with respect. When we are humble, we are wise, and when we have humility we can gain honor and receive God’s grace (Proverbs 11:2, 29:23; James 4:6).
To overcome, we must open our minds to see what God wants. We can only understand it when we are not overloaded with the cares and complexities of this life (Mark 4:18-19, Luke 8:4-15). If your life is overloaded, the coming of Jesus could take you by surprise (Luke 21:34).
The things that matter most should never be at the mercy of the things that matter least. Test your own discipleship (Luke 14:25-35). When you put the things that matter most first in your life, all the rest will fall into place. "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory." (Colossians 3:1-4)
Do not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). Do not carry around anger (Ephesians 4:26, Ecclesiastes 5:1-7). Forgive (Ephesians 4:32). Be patient with all people (1 Thessalonians 5:14, 2 Timothy 2:24). Stay focused on the promise that Jesus will come soon (James 5:8). You can do all of these things, and more, when your mind is freed up to think spiritually.
When you are committed to God’s expectations, you can live simply and in harmony, and be the light that God wants to shine in the world (Luke 8:16-18, 11:34-36). When you desire internal peace instead of a chaotic life and the expectations that society puts on you, such as the desire to consume, possess, and succeed, all you need to do is to ask Almighty God Yahweh/Jehovah through His Son Jesus Christ to help you see clearly and make some simple changes in your life, and believe that it will happen. Then, as Jesus promised in Mark 11:24, whatever you ask for in prayer, and believe that you have received it, will be yours.

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