Saturday, January 13, 2018

Five Minute Friday (or Saturday) - SIMPLIFY

The word this week is “Simplify.”

Honestly, writing about “simplify” gives me heart palpitations and a nervous sweat.  I put so much pressure on myself to once and for all “get organized.” I think of my closets, my drawers, my schedule…

I would love to be able to open each drawer or cabinet of my home and proudly say things like, “Here are my cleaning supplies, alphabetized by name brand.”


“In this drawer are my socks, coordinated by color and outfit for which I might need them.


“Here is this month’s calendar…all perfectly coordinated with no double bookings or emergencies.”

But honestly, that is not how I live. And probably never will.

So how could I possibly have anything to say about the word, “Simplify?”

I went to the expert—my 14 year old son. I asked him what was the first thing that came to mind when he thought of the word, “simplify.”

His answer made me smile.

“Math,” he said. 
“What?” I asked.
“You know, fractions.”
Simplify fractions.  I love it!  It was enough to get my brain moving in a different direction.
Maybe my post doesn’t have to be about organization!

And I thought of Jesus. What would he have to say about this topic?

Jesus told Martha, the queen of all organization, that only one thing was needed.


That was sitting at his feet and spending time with him.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

So that is my challenge to you and to myself—
Have I done the one thing that is the most important? 

I’m pretty sure the rest will fall into place.

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