Simplify by Bill Hybels was an amazing book that I finished in a couple of days. Hybels covered many strategies to simplify in all areas of your life including finances, scheduling, possessions etc. At the end of each chapter he included action steps which required self reflection, journalling and tasks to complete.
Some of the chapter titles pulled me in immediately:
- From Overscheduled to Organized: Harnessing your calendar’s power
- From Restless to Fulfilled: Refining your Working World
- From Wounded to Whole: Making Room for Forgiveness
- From Stuck to Moving On: Welcoming New Seasons in Your Life
My 3 take-aways:
- “Simplified living is more than doing less. It’s being who God called us to be, with a wholehearted, single-minded focus. It’s walking away from innumerable lesser opportunities in favour of the few to which we’ve been called and for which we’ve been created. It’s a lifestyle that allows us, when our heads hit the pillow at night, to reflect with gratitude that our day was well invested and the varied responsibilities of our lives are in order.” – Hybels
2. It is a powerful exercise to sit down and name your fears. Hybels encourages you to figure out the fear’s origin, the lies that you have started to believe surrounding your fear and then he gives you strategies to face that fear head-on. God wants to help us conquer the debilitating, paralyzing and joy-wrecking worries that hold us back. I made some personal realizations as I listed my fears. I also asked my family what they perceived as my fears which led to a very vulnerable discussion. I appreciated their honesty and we all learned more about each other.
3. One of the chapters was on friendship. The activity at the end of the chapter required me to classify my friendships which again, was very powerful. It was an eye-opening exercise which made me evaluate my friendships and which friendships are worth the investment and which friendships align with my values and future goals.
In summary, “Don’t simplify your life by just avoiding or removing the things that don’t satisfy, FILL your life with the things that do”.
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