A less obvious aspect of simplicity is letting go of our thoughts, plans, worries, etc. ... So much of our time and energy is focused on decisions we have made in the past or what is coming in the future. Trying to live in the past, present and future all at the same time is anything but simple. Can we let go of the decisions we have made? Can we let go of the worry about the future? Can we live in each moment focused just on what is necessary for that moment? The practice of simplicity helps us to stop all of those thoughts and simply focus on the moment.
In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus calls us to a life of simplicity. He calls us to let go of our worry about physical things. He calls us to let go of our worry about tomorrow. A life of simplicity is a life of letting go of those things that create clutter in our lives. No matter what your religious perspective, I am sure we can all agree on these words that Jesus gives us, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matt 6:34).
The Rev. Matt Willis-Goode is pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Byfield and People’s United Methodist Church Newburyport. Read his blog at pastormattwg.weebly.com.