By Karen O’Connor:
Downsizing your lifestyle — going for less stuff and more simplicity — can lead you to find God in new ways as your spiritual life becomes more of a priority.
Some people dread downsizing, worried that younger people will overlook or neglect them, wondering if they will matter as much as they once did. Some worry that as the kids grow up and leave home, they’ll have lost their purpose. How will they fill their days?
Others embrace the new season with joy and expectation, eager to chuck their ‘stuff’, simplify their life-style, relax, and focus on what’s important––their relationship with God and with people. They’re eager to make a contribution to the world in new and creative ways. And they actually find God while downsizing because at last they have time to focus on what really matters—their spiritual life.
Downsizing could be totally different than what it’s been cracked up to be. It could spell r-e-l-i-e-f instead of fear or sadness or regret. It could be a time with space to relax, to tuck in, and to look out—for ourselves––and to set an example for others.
My husband and I are in such a space now and we love it. Our kids are grown and making lives of their own. They’re now the ones with the packed basements and garages, big backyards, attics, and storage bins. Power to ‘em. We had all that—but no more. We’re now about living in the moment, no longer hemmed in by possessions we have to clean, fix, and maintain.
There’s an up side to all this––a side that is all about peace and joy, rest and simplicity, order, warmth, and relaxation—a side that calls out for cozy comfortable living––free of clutter and chaos. How about you? Are you ready to give up what you no longer want or need or will you hang on to the past? Something wonderful awaits you if you choose to find God while downsizing. A freedom you’ve probably never known. Give it a try.
“Nothing will simplify our lives more than finding the will of God on a matter and doing it. And the best way to discover the will of God is to search the Word of God.” Donald S. Whitney (www.BiblicalSpirituality.org)
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7 the Bible).
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©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor