By Pastor Vern Kratz

At the end of August I drove my son back to college where he will be attending classes for the next 8 months. When you have to fit everything you need into one vehicle it becomes a matter of deciding what is important and essential, and then separating it from those things that are not necessary. Some call it downsizing. When it comes to daily life I like to see it as simplifying.

As we head into another busy season of life and ministry it will help us greatly if we take a moment to simplify and wade through the clutter of our “to do” lists and really decide what is important and essential.

Philip Yancey (writer/speaker) told about his time spent at a monastic retreat centre.

…A monk had shown him the room in which he was about to stay. It was small and very simple. The monk instructed him: “If you need anything, let us know and we will teach you how to get along without it.”

I am often surprised by how much I can do without.

I hope when you downsize your list you will find that you have plenty of time for moments that God can speak into your life, time to spend with family, and time to serve and care for the needs of others around you.

As we begin a new season take a moment to simplify your life. Make time for what is really necessary and important.