Miniblog #152: Initial Thoughts on Intentionally Living with Simplicity
I’m thinking about how to live a life of simplicity without becoming a monastic hippie. A number of disjointed thoughts are bouncing around in my head. I’ve got a sense they’re connected even if I’m not sure exactly how. First, my best friend, Matt Swanson, has talked to me for years about how radically different discipleship looked in the first century, Jewish context. That much I love, but the trouble is I haven’t heard he or anyone else propose how to reorient life so as to actually make genuine, biblical disciples.11.I’m increasingly growing weary of knowing what the problem is without knowing how to address it. Second, a Facebook friend, Andy Bossardet, recently observed, “[I’m] increasingly aware of the paradox that the most effective use of my time is the inefficient process of discipleship.” Something about this more than resonates with me; it’s as though it’s a signpost to a life calling. Third, I passionately dislike the anti-intellectual, frenetic, (radically) individualistic, materialistic, multi-tasking, pragmatic, shallow nature of American culture.22.These things frustrates me to no end. While I’ve no desire to polarize to the other extreme, I hate that we’re a mile wide and an inch deep. Fourth, I haven’t the foggiest clue how to live with an overt simplicity of life without living in an agrarian commune in which everyone gardens and makes furniture. Nothin’ but love for those inclined in that way, but that’s not me.33.I like sports, don’t particularly care for gardening, and am not principally opposed to mainstream music. Not exactly the ideal hipster profile. Fifth, I’m immensely dissatisfied both by my own lack of spiritual discipline and the overall nature of the spiritual disciplines as they’ve been taught to me. As an E/INTP who derives energy and motivation from ideas, I’ve got to figure this thing out in light of how God has wired me. Lastly, a couple weeks ago I first learned about The Order of Mission, which is based on a rule of life centering around simplicity, purity, accountability, and a missionary outlook. I’m cautiously hopeful this will be the missing piece I’ve been looking for.44.I’m hosed if it’s not since I’m fresh out of ideas.