Savor the simple. I know there is something in all of us that longs for something better, and I am a firm believer, that whosoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, will be saved, and that we have that HEAVENLY air, that heavenly fulfillment of seeing Jesus face to face that we’re looking forward to every day here on this earth. Yet, how do we savor the simple right in front of us, the seemingly mundane while we’re here?
How do we praise God for the little things He gives us to do every day instead of longing for something different or something ‘more?’ Our world often places a HUGE value on the ‘mark’ you make on the world, but what about the everyday things? I’m learning it’s in the seemingly simple, seemingly small things that contentment in Christ is most tested. Am I content not being a millionaire? Am I content not having the newest fashions and newest foods?
What do you savor that might seem not as ‘big’ as the other things people are doing? Do you ever feel guilty for that? Today I want to share that one of the best gifts this year for me has been learning to savor those things.
I’m not saying those things are bad at all. They’re actually all things that can be delightful, wonderful gifts, but if your happiness is dependent on them, what’s going to happen when they aren’t there?
So. Today. I’m making the case for how to savor the simple.
What is the simple?
Laying in hammocks looking up at the stars
Reading ‘Lord of the Rings’ Together
Laying on mom’s bed watching a movie together
Eating ice cream from Sonic, Little Man Ice Cream (in Denver), McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A
Dancing in the basement
Singing musical songs at the top of your lungs
Reading God’s Word together
Luke 16:10-12, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?’
This is a passage that has come to mind many time especially when the every day starts to get ‘monotonous’, and I want something more ‘exciting’, something where I can feel more like a ‘mover and shaker.’
It reminds me that God is asking me to be faithful, to trust Him, to follow Him, to know that HE is going to do the awesome things, and He gets the glory, not me.
For the whole first part of this year I really wanted to get married.
Then the Lord slowed me down and showed me that I have more areas to grow and that marriage isn’t going to ‘make me happy’ if I’m not happy in Him right now.
I’m learning to be joyful. I’m learning to love where I am instead of worrying about the future, future changes, future relationships. My younger sister reminded me yesterday to stop worrying about what ‘could be’ and be grateful for what is.
I know this, but boy did I need that reminder.
Who else needs this reminder?
What simple things did you embrace this summer?