Saturday, March 30, 2013

Joy in the Journey


Do you ever notice other folks while driving along?  Sometimes you are at a stoplight and you just naturally notice the other folks driving by or sitting next to you in their cars.  Do you notice 'joy' in their facial expressions or motions?  Honestly, sometimes people look downright angry just sitting there in their cars!  Because I'm curious I always try to figure out what's going on with them, have they;
lost a loved one recently
lost a job
Or do they have;
spousal problems
children problems
their parents problems
work issues
Could it be that they are totally unaware of what their face is showing the world?  Chances are they have no idea what they look like to other people, I would venture to guess that they are so caught up in their own world that they have no clue how their being viewed at that moment.
We live in a world of such chaos that we have little time or inclination to notice whether our neighbor is having problems, much less a stranger on the road.  
So, in this world of limitless communication choices, we generally keep those true communications to our very elite few.  The lines must be drawn at how many we can have on our 'contacts' on our cell phones and very few of us still have a Rolodex or address book with contact info.  In this world of constant change people are moving or changing their phone numbers constantly so it's easier to erase electronically than pencil and paper. 
Therefore, in the age of instant global communication we can never ever have any contact with someone next door.  If their not on our text list, email or phone we basically have no time left to just take leisurely walks and chat with neighbors.  Even walks are limited to runs, jogs or even brisk walking for the exercise....with ear buds in our ears to keep us entertained so there's no chance for simply stopping to chat then either.

I thinks times have come so far, so fast and yet we've lost so many important things along the way.  We seldom have extra time for reaching out, actually most folks don't even have moments of silence in their lives, there is no time for it.
I think sensory overload has kept us from even having time for deep thinking,
I miss watching my grandpa who was a preacher, in their quiet farmhouse, sitting in his chair with his Bible on his lap snoozing in the afternoons, I miss the slower pace of that time.

I'm going to challenge us all to slow down, turn off the noise, sit out on the porch and wave and chat with neighbors and if we can find the time, go searching for those that have very few 'contacts' in their lives, what a difference we could make.

And while we're at it, we should probably take a look in our own rear view mirror at what our own face is projecting.  If we have Jesus, we have every reason to smile and share that joy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Diving In!

Wow, it's been months since I've blogged, how could that be?  Our lives here at the homestead have been crazy the past couple of years, life just got more and more complicated.  As much as I wanted to do more and more from scratch and delve deeper in homesteading, the more the world got in the way.
We've been through our daughter Katie's Cancer, my father's Cancer and just a few other issues along the way, the good news is that everyone has come out okay, the Cancers are gone and the patients are doing great.
As much as we want to pull away and not face the problems of the world sometimes, it just slaps us right in the face!

That being said; I am a creature that would probably live my life in a tiny corner sticking my head out only when necessary if I could.  That's just my nature and I am way too happy to be home and never leave.  I know this is not right, if we as Christians stick our head in the sand, how can we expect to be a light for Him?
This blog is titled Living Simply for Him, that Him is Christ and the living simply is pulling away from the things of the world, but sometimes my mistake is pulling away from the people of the world also.
As a Christian we are sometimes put in the position of extracting folks from our lives because the poison that they choose to possess and live is just too much of an influence and can tamp down our spirit too easily.
The trick is knowing when to extract and when to move toward them because we're being led by the Spirit to share the Gospel.

How selfish of me to want to stay in my little corner and keep God as my light; when there is a world just begging for the Light of the World.

This is my first step in busting out of my self imposed bubble and putting myself out there, kinda scary but Jesus walks every step with me!  How wonderful is that!!!!!