So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
I have been following many blogs and webpages concentrated on the simplified life. In a world crying for bigger and better, collecting and hoarding, there is a movement emerging in the simplistic lifestyle. Tiny homes is a good example of such a movement. A collection of people have decided less is more. While a majority of people aim for a bigger, better house with more square footage and all the bells and whistles, these people try to make a functioning home out of the least square footage possible.
I’ve followed the journey of a few people who have decided rather than gathering stuff, they are going to experience life together. There are varying extremes from going on trips, taking in a movie, or sitting with their loved ones and enjoying a sunset. These people trade gifts of more stuff for collaborative experiences.
I haven’t quite decided where my family and I fall on the scale of this adventure called life. I know we tend toward the experience side of things rather than the material side, but I’m not ready to move into a 150 square foot tiny home!
All of these things have made me question the things of Christian life as well. Have we as a society overcomplicated what our Christian life should be as we have complicated life? I work within my church to help make large events happen. I truly believe these events have merit and a place.
But, in our everyday life, have we traded big events for being involved in our neighbor or co-worker’s life? Do we take the time to really “see” people or only nod and pass them by? Recently in our church service, I passed by a mom. Thankfully, the Lord tugged at my heart and rather than just a smile and nod, I took the time to look into her eyes and greet her. An amazing thing happened. I noticed the tears in her eyes. I gave her a hug and said I was glad to see her. In the days following, I was able to encourage her through notes and prayer.
It was indeed one of the most simplistic things I have done in the last few months. Oddly enough, it was also one of the most rewarding. I made a difference in a life in a way I hadn’t seen any of my grandeur efforts touch anyone recently. I’m ashamed to say that many Sundays I would have missed this opportunity on my way to do something “more important.” I learned something important through this event. Sometimes, simple things have the most impact. Investing in one-on-one relationships is still important. Picking up the phone, texting, messaging, encouraging, “seeing” people still matters. Many times it can have an impact greater than the seemingly larger things in life.
Lord, may we walk in tune with you to hear your voice when you lead us to “see” people. Help us to find ways to invest in people and encourage each other in the faith as your Word encourages us to do. Amen