With increased conveniences and technology in the past 100 years, life seems to be speeding up and feels out of control. Now, we are encouraged to do more and pack our schedules and our children’s schedules to the max. Success is measured by how much we own, instead of who we are. Americans compete with one another on who has the latest gadget, and who took the biggest vacation. The good news is you don’t have to live this way. Life can be simple and enjoyable.
Choosing to live a simple life is not a magical potion. It does not mean you get to live a life of ease and nothing will ever go wrong. It is choosing to live a life intentionally, allowing only what is important into your life. Changing your habits so that you can say yes to the things you want to do and love.
Usually this means a lifestyle change in money, material items, or time. Getting rid of the material items you don’t need. Spending less or not spending at all, and managing your time better. If you are a constant consumer, eventually you will get into debt which will be a burden strapping you into working more to pay for the things you bought. The irony is you will be working more, which means you won’t be able to enjoy the things you bought. You see the cycle?
Unfortunately our marriage started out with us not living within our means. It quickly turned into us getting into debt. It took years to pay it off. Now that we are free of debt (besides our mortgage), I never want to go back. Now, I am ok with not spending, and I don’t mind not having all the things everyone else has.
Homesteading, for me, fits perfectly into the definition of living a simple life. (check out Why I Choose To Homestead). This lifestyle has taught me patience, hard work, and to enjoy the little things. The welcoming sound of birds singing in the spring after a long winter silence, The smell of rain coming to water your plants in the garden, or watching a new born calf struggle to stand for the first time. Try buying that at the mall! It is hard work and sometimes it smells, literally. But it is what I love, so the work is not really work to me.
Although I would tell you, in a heart beat, to homestead, I know it is not for everyone. Simple living IS for everyone. No matter where you live or what your passions may be. Decluttering your home, setting up a budget and sticking to it, becoming debt free, clearing your schedule to fit what YOU want in it, is freeing! It brings peace to your life where before was chaos.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5