Living A Simple Life Is Simply Love

26 Aug

I often am asked by people how to make life simple. People want to simplify their life, but why do they insist on cluttering the process?

Life is simple, we make it complicated and believe it or not, we complicate it over the human concept of love. I say the human concept because we tend to put more into the meaning of the word than what it really is.

Love is said to be a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection (“I love my mother”) to pleasure (“I loved that meal”). It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”. It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.

The Christian understanding is that love comes from God. The love of man and woman—eros in Greek—and the unselfish love of others (agape), are often contrasted as “ascending” and “descending” love, respectively, but are ultimately the same thing.

Christian theologians see God as the source of love, which is mirrored in humans and their own loving relationships.

These are all human interpretations of love and for the most part they overlook the simplicity of the word love. Because of this we need to loosen our grasp on these feelings. Love is more than a feeling, it is also a choice.

When was the last time you sat out in your backyard at night and looked into the heavens? When was the last time you let your eyes take in the beauty of the flowers, trees, the birds and the bees, and all the creatures that God has created? In Genesis 1, the book of beginning, God created it all and it was good. It was love and it still is. God is love and we are created with this love. When you realize that everything you see, taste, smell, and feel is love then you will start to see the simplicity of it and of life.

When life gets so cluttered with things and noise and silly unnecessary activities, it is then when you have to realize the love in all this. These things are all part of life, not complications of life and not mere distractions, so you can’t use them as excuses to say you can’t live a simple life. As a parent, husband or wife, a friend and neighbor we all have little things that seem to get in the way of our perceived goals in life. God puts these little things in our path to remind us that He create us with love and we need to do all things with the same love. This is what makes living a simple life easy.

When you can walk up to a friend or neighbor and say I love you and mean it, then you are on the right path.

As my Grandfather would say ” To live is simply to love, to love is simply to live!”

Light of the world I look out into darkness – open my eyes let me see…

With all my love,

Ed

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2 Responses to “Living A Simple Life Is Simply Love”

  1. the warrioress August 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    This is a lovely ideal that I would enjoy being closer to consistently implementing in my life.

    • efchristi August 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      In every situation we face there is a positive or a negative slant, you must start looking at the positive and making the best with the hand you were dealt.

      What path you choose defines your goal, negative you get upset and let the world know your anger, positive you see the blessing that comes with it and are happy and you share that blessing with all you meet.

      To me it is a simple decision to make. God gave me love to share, I chose to share it. I find life much happier this way.

      Think about it and make the choice that will serve you best.

      Love you!

      Ed

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