Saturday, February 26, 2011

Simplicity vs. Simple-Mindedness

Oops ...
So, it's been a few months since I've posted. My excuse (because who doesn't have excuses?) is that I had an extremely busy Christmas season. Husband and I traveled to KC to stay with my parentals for a week. It was blissful. Anyway ... thought I would hit you with a thought-provoking post right away. Because who doesn't want a thought-provoking post at 11:30 p.m. on a Saturday night?

My sister (who is younger, infinitely wiser than I, and who I only-half-jokingly refer to as my "life coach") and I were talking over Christmas about a trend that disturbs me quite a lot. The trend is moving towards a simplified life. I am fine with simplifying your life. We all have a ton of junk in our lives that is basically unnecessary. The part of the trend that disturbs me is the extreme that some people take the trend. Isn't that how it always goes? Someone always has to take the trend to the extreme ... which is why, in the 80's, chintzes went out of style. Too much pattern. Apparently someone didn't tell the person I inherited my couch from. Thank goodness for slipcovers. But I digress.

Where was I? Ah, yes. Extreme trends. The extremity that disturbs me is that in their process to simplify, some women make themselves simple-minded. "I can't bother with all that studying. I'm out of school now and even though God gave us brains for a reason, I just can't seem to want to use mine for it's intended purpose. I have stuff to throw away and organic baby food to make." Please! Don't be offended! When I have a baby, I'm sure to make organic baby food.

I just want to make sure that I am feeding the brain that God made me as well as using it. It seems that women are particularly great at using our brains, but pretty guilty of neglecting our minds. Most women I know use their brain every day. We have to - there are decisions to be made in our homes and for our families and at our jobs outside our homes. But when those decisions are made and the day is over, most women I know just want to collapse. I suppose it's because we have lots to do and at the end of the day, how we cultivate our knowledge of the Word or of other people's words gets put on the back burner.

There's always something to simplify - we want to only use 3 cleaning products on our whole house, so we spend 25 hours in 2 weeks researching the best 3 for all the household jobs that we have to do and then, in the 2 weeks that go by, we have not seen one piece of world news. "What?" we say. "Egyptians protested their way into a democracy? I didn't know that. I was too busy simplifying my cleaning routine to watch/read the news." See where this gets tricky? We make an effort to simplify other areas of our lives, but we don't protect the time that we spend reading or studying something. Maybe I'm the only one who studies stuff. I don't know. I am still talking about myself too, though, because I can be guilty of using my brain without ever feeding my mind.

I am all about simplifying. I even use a 2 in 1 shampoo. But my goal is to simplify OTHER areas of my life so that my mind doesn't become simple, so that I have time to read books and study the Word and read the newspaper or bbc.com. (I'm a big fan of foreign news sources. Ask me why!)

Also- another note. Fiction books are fine to read, but it might be better conversation for a cocktail party (or root beer party, for my more conservative friends) to be able to discuss current events. There. That's my bone to pick. Instead of complaining about why people don't respect housewives, homemakers, and stay-at-home moms, let's make an effort to know what's going on outside of the world. I mean, you may think it's hilarious that your dog can walk on his hind legs because you trained him to do so, or that your bathroom reno was so fascinating. But I guarantee you that people will be more impressed if you can tell them the state of Charlie Sheen's rehab progress - KIDDING! ONLY KIDDING! But seriously. They will be impressed if you show some interest in the world outside your home.

If you're offended by this post, I'm truly sorry. Go pray about it and then come back and talk to me. :) Melissa Moore (Beth Moore's daughter) had a pretty great post yesterday about telling someone to "pray about it." You can read the post here and understand that when I say that if you're offended to "go pray about it," I say it very tongue-in-cheek.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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