Simplicity – Reflection

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we  wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that  you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things  will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will  worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:31-34 NIV

Whether Hawaiians or locals, I have learned a great lesson from you. The best part of  this lesson was it was biblically sound! Whenever I visited in Hawaii, I could not  understand how most people could afford to live there. I would ask and the common  answer was, “we live simply.” Many were just plainly content with their lives. They took  each day at a time and relished all the simple pleasures like a barbeque on the beach or  tent camping. I suppose the saying, “Don’t worry, be happy” really applies in Hawaii.

Where I come from, many want more. We are never satisfied. Our passions were fueled by getting bigger, acquiring more and working extra to pay off debt. People acquire so  much they have to rent storage units just to store the pile they accumulated. As I came to  Christ and learned of His life, I came to realize I had it all wrong and Hawaiians/locals  had it completely right. If you have 3 squares a day, access to a small, clean place and  just take each day at a time, you are blessed. The stress is gone and faith in God, which  is frankly the most important thing, rises.

Simplicity. Yes, that’s the ticket! God will care for you if you fully trust Him. You need not  worry, just be happy and grateful every day!

Lesson learned.

by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor

Alberta, Canada

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