Anyone who has been around me knows that I am rarely still. My roommates even refer to me as a tornado, I am constantly moving. Someone recently asked me, "What determines if you have a good day?" I quickly responded with the most honest answer I could think of, productivity. For me, I am the most comfortable accomplishing tasks and completing to-do lists, but this should not be what determines if I have a good day or not. God recently has been teaching me the incredible beauty that is revealed in being still and living a life of simplicity.
Being a college student and just living in our world today there are unlimited ways for us to get distracted as Christians. For me in this season it is academic success and accomplishments. For others it could be acceptance of others, wealth, or self-satisfaction. A verse that I have held close to my heart during this phase of life to remind me of simplicity is Hebrews 12:1-2,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the Joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
In order for us to live life of simplicity, we must lay aside every weight so that we can run whole-heartedly after the Lord. The race God has set before us is simple: to live a life proclaiming His sweet name in all that we do.
Life will never be easy, God never promises this. Tasks and to-do lists will never shorten, but our God and His promises will always remain the same. My prayer for myself and for anyone reading this is that we become a generation that learns to slow down, embrace our God, and rest in His presence. If we take time to rest in Jesus, our energy and joy will have no bounds. We will be reminded of what really matters in this crazy, beautiful world. In Psalms 86:11-12, David prayed a prayer of simplicity and asked God to remind him of what truly matters in this world.
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
Take a deep breath while reading this truth; feeling the weight and chains of this world fall off is an unexplainable feeling. Give these weights to strong Father and run relentlessly the race God has called us to. A race with one simple goal: living a life proclaiming Jesus everyday through all we do.
Lauren // @laurenmouchette