A Simple Life

Monday, July 28, 2008

I'm coming to realization with how much I miss Calvin Crest right now.
Not just because I'm missing my friends, but coming to a closing thought that it's the last time I'll be on the mountain.

Life is so much more simple on the mountain.
Without a watch, iPod, cell phone, TV, or Internet...things really flattened out to what really matters. My schedule was easy to remember, not anything to worry about, and was fun.

  • Wake up.
  • Shower.
  • Quiet Time.
  • Breakfast.
  • Rad Little Group Time.
  • Morning Operations.
  • Lunch.
  • Rest Time.
  • Events Work.
  • Chill Time.
  • Dinner.
  • Program.
  • Sleep.

I read back on my earlier blog posts and realized how insignificant some of the stuff I blogged about are. I don't really care who the new Elle Woods is. I don't really need to talk about everything. Talking about how idiotic some of my friends are. Things like that don't really matter. They don't matter at all.

I want my life to be just as simple as it was on the mountain. As in..

  • Wake up.
  • Live for God.
  • Sleep.

Somehow things manage to wiggle their way into what should be our life schedule. Things like school, sports, friends, etc. If life is hard enough to keep simple now, how will my life schedule be tossed up again once school starts? Once the ever present stress buries itself under my skin and gnaws away at my thoughts?

To live a life that is completely simple is a challenge. One I wish I could conquer. Or should I say, one I will conquer. I shouldn't ever regret what happened yesterday, or worry about tomorrow. In the programs we had last week we talked about "living in the present."

Living in the "now."

Because if you worry about yesterday or tomorrow, you're not looking at what God is doing in you right now. You're not grasping an opportunity that might slip by you. Point blank- you're not paying attention.

God is using me in amazing ways, and I'm glad that I realize it. I found a sweet verse in 2 Timothy today, that I remember reading over in church at Christian Temple during AIM and in our rad little group times.

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7

God didn't give us this amazing spirit so we can hide in a corner and wallow in our own troubles. No way! He gave us this amazing spirit. It's filled with power, with tremendous love, and self-discipline. I know it's a huge gift, and I'm still wrapping my mind around it.

I love it.

I just think, maybe blogging and talking about all this insignificant stuff is just a reminder to stop talking for a second and listen.

Because God's got something to say.
So I'm going to listen.


Respectfully submitted,


  1. This blog post makes my heart smile! I'm excited to see the incredible things God will do through you as you continue seeking to be present with Him.

  2. Thank you Leah..this post (actually the ones you write after it as well) was a great encouragement to me. I'm going to keep thinking about what you said in response to the 1 Timothy verse. I will also be praying for you in these things. Among this, I pray that He will show you how to live in simplicity in Him.