As we remember and reflect upon 2017, assuredly many great memories flood our mind. Moments that stand out to us and will stay with us for quite some time. Accomplishments that we are glad that we were able to finish. Events we were able to share with friends/family that are a joy to remember. There may be other moments or seasons from 2017 that are a blur. They are filled with activities, but they weren’t very meaningful because they were amidst various other activities. Our schedules filled up too quickly. We felt, at times, maybe more than we would like to admit, overwhelmed. In short, we felt like our life was chaotic, crazy and out of control.
When our lives are in that condition, then there are negative results that impact us and those around us. We are short with those we love the most. Maybe at work we feel overworked and under appreciated so then we cut corners, cut people off or do something else that jeopardizes our relationships with our colleagues. With our finances, we may feel overspent and don’t see any hope for the future. In regards to our relationships, we may have many friends and acquaintances, but no one that is significantly involved in our lives. Perhaps, we feel like we are just overcommitted in life. The reality is our lives are anything but simple, they're exhausting.
In fact, Bill Hybels, author of Simplify, writes “I hear the same words repeated over and over: exhausted, overwhelmed, over scheduled, anxious, isolated, dissatisfied. It’s a bipartisan issue—young and old, rich and poor, professionals and parents, women and men, Republicans and Democrats. And it’s a global issue—I’ve heard these words in English and in countless foreign languages.” So, it’s true, most people would love to move away from feeling overwhelmed and move towards a simple and meaningful life.
We are diving into this topic in the months of January and February. Join in as we look to what Scripture says about our schedules, work, relationships, finances, anxiety and more as we learn how to unclutter our soul and simplify. Imagine what life would be like if the relationships you have are significant, your finances are freeing rather than a trap, your work is meaningful and enjoyable, and your calendar was less full of events, but meaningful items that are significant. None of this will happen overnight, but if we took a few steps in the right direction I am sure that you would agree that life would be better.
Our LIFE Groups will be studying the same topic as well. They will start the week of January 14 and will dive deeper into the topic that we looked at the Sunday before. Sign-ups for LIFE Groups starts soon. See the LIFE Group schedule and training options on the next page. Make sure you plan to join a group to dive deeper into a simplified life. ... See MoreSee Less