I guess I should give a little background for you.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that 3 of my best friends took a 3 month journey across the country, calling it “Further Along The Road“. When they traveled, they took an iPhone 4S and a GoPro and filmed their journey. Well, then they came back, and we began watching clips. It’s taken a long time, but we’ve finally finished watching clips. And then we ran into a problem. Continue reading →
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Well, by the time most of you read this, I’ll be on the road. I’m taking a much-needed vacation, and my best friend and I are going to visit Ryan & Janae Dagen!!! I am really excited to see them.
For those of you who don’t know, quick back story on the relationship between Ryan and I. Ryan used to be the youth pastor at Gap Community Church. During that time, I pretty much functioned as his assistant youth pastor, in addition to the other duty’s of my job, since I was employed by GCC at the time. Continue reading →
Seeing as I just bought an iPhone, this might seem to be a very hypocritical post. But I want to talk about simplicity.
People say that Jesus calls us to simplicity. Now I’m not claiming to know everything about the bible (God knows I don’t) but I have never read anywhere Jesus calling us to simplicity. Now He does call us to keep focus on the important things in life. Love God and Love others. The 2 greatest commandments. The 2 most important things in life. I do believe, however, that the only way to keep focus on the important things is to live simply.
Now, contrary to popular belief (especially here in Lancaster County), simplicity isn’t about having less tech. Simplicity is about keeping your life free from useless clutter so you can do the things that are truly important. I think that applies more to what we fill our lives doing, rather than the tools we use to do those things.
For example, if my iPhone made me spend hours doing things that were not important at the expense of the things that are important (relationships) then yes, my iPhone would be clutter and need to be cut for the sake of simplicity so I can focus on the important things.
However, if it causes me to increase my connection to people, allows me to be more involved, spend more time with people, build better relationships, then it is a tool of simplicity.
As I have been going through transitions of a new job, and cutting back on another job to make room, I have to make sure that I keep my life simple. Focus on the important things. On relationships. On people.