/simˈplisədē/ According to Dictionary.com
The quality or condition of being easy to understand or do.
Example: “for the sake of simplicity, this chapter will concentrate on one theory” clarity, clearness, plainness, simpleness, intelligibility, comprehensibility, understandability, lucidity, lucidness, coherence, directness, straightforwardness, accessibility; informaluser-friendliness. Example: “the simplicity of the everyday language” the quality or condition of being plain or natural.
Example: “the grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture” plainness, lack/absence of adornment, lack/absence of decoration, lack/absence of ornament/ornamentation, lack/absence of embellishment, unpretentiousness; a thing that is plain, natural, or easy to understand. straightforwardness, ease, easiness, simpleness, lack/absence of complication, effortlessness, manageability
Example: “recipes will be judged on taste, appearance, simplicity, and appeal.
I posted the definition of simplicity for us, because it encompasses different things and states. Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to revere and choose simplicity. We are admonished that the world’s standards of beauty, wealth, peace, joy, etc., are not to be ours. We have a higher standard; a heavenly standard, by which the humble and the simple things are respected and even honored. “Simplicity,” the message tells us, “is the keynote” of God’s kingdom. Confused yet? LOL I was until I looked up the definition of simplicity, and applied it to my life, and my daily living.
One of the greatest helps I found for keeping things simple is routine. Doing things in the same order, or even just simply, getting them done (making bed, washing dishes, other household chores, etc.) is also a great help. It saves time and energy. This works anywhere-home, workplace, even camping, traveling. I know that because I’m an Army brat, and my parents each had the routine down. When it came to departure times and arrival times, rest stops and such, Dad was in charge. Mom was in charge of meal times, preparations, baths, packing and unpacking, etc. Each had their routine, and with the two working as a team, we got to where we needed to be on time and intact. Well, mostly, anyway-Mom didn’t fool around with discipline when it needed to be doled out. LOL
When it comes to home furnishings, finances, beauty, transportation, etc., we are to seek simplicity as well. God doesn’t want you to live in humdrum surroundings; don’t get me wrong. What God doesn’t want, is for us to go broke and harm ourselves financially, emotionally, and especially spiritually, by trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” or getting into competition with our neighbors, or others. This is envy and fear based thinking. We are not to compare each other to one another; we are to build one another up, and help each other, rejoicing with one another over each other’s blessings. The Bible tells us that where there is envy, there is all kinds of evil and strife. And let me tell you, you can’t keep that merry-go-round under control very long. Pretty soon, it has you dizzy, and falling down. We can, and should have beautiful things, and we should be surrounded by beauty. But, we should never let anyone else dictate to us what beauty is, and get caught up in bondage to other’s opinions, or the latest “fashions,” etc. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” applies here too-the love yourself part. You see, you know yourself better than anyone else-except God, does. When we get caught up in all that competition and stuff, envy and strife have a door to get in through-as well as stress, and all manner of “dis-ease.” We are supposed to have life abundantly, enjoying everything we have. Simplicity whispers, “What touches your soul? What makes you feel happy, peaceful, joyful, etc.? What works for you?” When you honor these things, you will be and have the most beautiful life, within and without.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 10, 2019, 10:52 a.m.