Want to Simplify? Surrender to God

Simplify

Simplify your life! A new mantra for a world filled with too much to do. The constant striving to have it all doesn’t bring the happiness we thought it would. Instead, we run from one thing to another until we’re exhausted, stressed, and grouchy. And so we get on our computers and search for ways to simplify. Find ways to strip away the hustle and find meaningful.

Meaningful. Isn’t that what we truly want? To find the things that matter and focus on those. Family. Friends. Activities we enjoy and want to do.

Retirement Allowed Me to Simplify

I expected retirement to help me simplify my life. No longer having to plan lessons, grade papers, email parents. Vacations and weekends free from a card table in the middle of the living room stacked with essays waiting for me to read while I tried to catch up with housework and football. And it has.

It’s amazing how quickly I found things to fill those hours. Good things that I enjoy and matter to me. More time with Van learning about our new community and state. Running errands and meeting friends during the day instead of after work. Getting all the laundry finished before 3:oo and not leaving a load in the washer and another in the dryer to do tomorrow. But I don’t want a new list of things, no matter how good, to keep me from what matters most in my life. God.

Simplify Means Surrender

To truly simplify my life, I need to change my focus from me to Him. Surrender to His plan, not just in the things I do, but in my attitudes and behavior. Our pastor reminded me that God specifically put His image on people (Genesis 1:27). I need to reflect Him, so when others see me, they see the character of God.

On my own, that’s impossible. Only through surrender to the Holy Spirit can I prune away my selfishness and pride and reflect the love and goodness of God.

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Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

8 thoughts on “Want to Simplify? Surrender to God”

  1. My word for 2018 is yield, which is a close kin to surrender. It’s already been wonderful as well as difficult!

    1. Yes, Elizabeth, yield and surrender are close kin. My difficulty is in letting go of my own agenda and being still enough to let God be God. Praying He blesses you as you yield to Him in 2018.

    1. Betsy, I think the world is looking to simplify the busyness and clutter of life. And while I need to do that, I mostly need to simplify my own agenda and surrender to what God has called me to be.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.