Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Jesus (Matthew 5.7)
simply, Christian is about choosing to live simply in midst of busyness in order to free our time, resources, and desires that we might focus on what is truly important and simply live.
It is about the intersection of simple living and the Christian life.
It is about taking seriously Jesus’ world-changing, life-redeeming good news to address not only people’s spiritual condition but also their physical condition. It is about daring ourselves to address the most pressing calamities that face humanity today in order to bring real, lasting transformation to others’ lives. It is about making small changes in our daily activities that we might bring large changes to others, especially those…
- who are orphans
- who are affected by disease, especially HIV/AIDS and malaria
- who lack clean water
- who have not been shown mercy
It is about challenging one another to live simply, Christian.
My name is T.C. Judd, and these are my thoughts. My life has been impacted in two completely different ways by two completely different types of writers. With respect to simplicity, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Courtney Carver of Be More with Less have helped me to see the clutter and chaos that fills much of life and has challenged me to simplify. With respect to living the whole of the Christian life, Richard Stearns, in The Hole in Our Gospel, brought to my attention the immensity of the social crises facing our world today and challenged me to make a difference. Over time, I realized that the two blended well together–truly living a simple life (not a minimalist one by any means, in my case) as a vehicle for truly living a Christian life.
So that, in a nutshell, is what it is to live simply, Christian.
If you want to read more, look at my own story and see if you find yourself a kindred spirit.
Want to dialogue more? Find me on Twitter (@tc_judd).