Living Freely and Lightly

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Here, Jesus speaks to the heart of my reasons for adopting the simple lifestyle: to live freely and lightly. I have heard testimonials about how freeing it is to have less stuff.

Jesus also teaches us to live lightly. Jesus lived lightly. He probably didn’t have a closet full of shoes, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t have 15 handbags bogging him down. He was an itinerant preacher, living a simple lifestyle and teaching others to do the same.

To me, living lightly means living simply. Having what we need, but not consumed with the desire for more. It means to have a life with less stuff, less worry, and less burdened with debt.

Living lightly also means living sustainably. It means making preserving our environment  and our natural resources by using as little as possible. Living lightly is kind to others as well as to our planet.

Jesus also wants us to live freely: free from worry and free from the bondage of sin. But he also wants us to be free from materialism, debt, and avarice.

But in order to live freely and lightly, we have to keep company with Jesus (Matt 11:28). We have to be with him. It makes sense that we learn to live freely and lightly by being with someone who lives freely and lightly. Even more so when that person is Jesus.

So at this point in my journey toward simplicity, my focus is is on being with him. I have this great little devotional that I try to read morning and evening. It helps. I am also reading the bible in Greek and Hebrew as time allows. I do these things to keep company with Jesus. Hopefully he’ll teach me to live freely and lightly. Hopefully, my life will be changed forever.

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