The Simple Life

The Simple Life

On Tuesdays, starting today, I’m going to write a regular column with ideas about how to make our busy lives a little less complicated and stressful….and to free up space for more of the important things in life.

Things like…creativity.

“We are made to make. We are deeply wired by God to create. In the deepest sense of the word we are creative, imaginative beings who long to take what God has already created and bring into a new existence.”

– Dan Allender

One thing I’ve been working on this spring is reducing clutter. Not just physical clutter, but mental clutter. I tend to juggle a lot of balls in the air and can do a pretty good job of it, but as my work responsibilities increased (a good thing!), I noticed that I hadn’t been doing as many creative things. Cooking unusual recipes, planting a huge vegetable garden, experimenting with photography. Those activities re-energize me.

There were times this spring when I felt a kind of tiredness that had nothing to do with a good night’s sleep. Kind of a weariness.

That was a red flag to me. I took stock of how I was spending my time and knew that my writing life–something I valued highly–needed to be protected. I have a lifelong goal that every book should be better than the one before it. The last thing I ever want is to have a lack of imagination seep into my books.

So I decided it was time to pass the baton of hosting of “Amish Wisdom,” my radio show. I have loved that show! Loved every minute of it. Interviewing interesting guests, learning deeper truths about the Anabaptists, and appreciating the loyal and large listenership–but the radio show took quite a bit of time. Sherry Gore was just the right person to trust with the show’s future. She will do an outstanding job as the new host.

An interesting thing happened as I freed up some “mental space.” My creative spark re-ignited! My summer garden is huge, I’m fiddling around in the kitchen with new recipes, I’m annoying my Instagrams followers with too many photos. All good!

What about you? Does “empty space” trigger more creativity in your life? Have you ever whittled down activities to allow for more creativity? Or are you feeling like you should? I’d like to hear your story. And I’d like to know  what activities re-energize you, too.

This journey to simplicity is, ironically, not easy. But I’m determined to stay on the simple path! When I’m on it, I find more peace, more joy, more creativity, more gratitude. I feel much more centered on God.

Hope you’ll join me!


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