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Yes, Simplicity means your home is clean and well organized. Yes, that takes some effort, planning, and the development of some good habits.</p> <p>It can also mean eliminating the complications. Some people are more of a bane than a blessing. Their constant drama is a continual drain. Don't be afraid to get rid of the blood sucking spiritual vampires.</p> <p>Simplicity can mean clearing the schedule of unnecessary commitments. It means not trying to be all things to all people. It means not being involved in things to which you do not have a clear call from God. It means listening to Him and doing only what He says.</p> <a href="http://www.contemplativechristianity.com/images/LessEqualsMore001-large.jpg" onclick="this.target='_blank'"><img class="center bordered" src="images/LessEqualsMore001.jpg" alt="Less Equals More." /></a><br /> <h3>Edited</h3> <p>A simple life is an edited life. Things and obligations and unhelpful people keep creeping back in, invading over and over and over again. So we must edit - repeatedly. Goodbye to excess things. Goodbye to tasks to which we are not called. Goodbye to unbalanced relationships. There is more than one way to be a hoarder! An unedited life is a mess. No one does well living a messy unedited life, and it certainly does not help our relationship with God.</p> <h3>Intentional</h3> <p>A simple life is also an intentional life. The less intentional we are about our days the more our days become tangled with too much to do and too little time in which to do it. The urgent crowd out the important and our life is cluttered with so many little things that there is no time for the big. The more intentional our days the more we have focus and time for the important and the good.</p> <h3>Prioritised</h3> <a href="http://www.contemplativechristianity.com/images/FoxesVines001-large.jpg" onclick="this.target='_blank'"><img class="right bordered" src="images/FoxesVines001.jpg" alt="Little Foxes Spoil Vines." /></a><br /> <p>A simple life is a prioritised life. We know what is important and we let nothing interfere with those things.</p> <p>Beware the little foxes that spoil the vine.</p> <blockquote><p>Catch the foxes for us,<br /> the little foxes<br /> that spoil the vineyards,<br /> for our vineyards are in blossom. 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