Often, the idea of being alone can be intimidating or even frightening. Even more, we may feel that, given the noise and busyness of our world, solitude would be impossible. Even so, God’s people for centuries have cherished the discipline that opens the door for rest, quiet, relief, and time with God.
Simplicity is the spiritual practice that calls us to a singleness of focus. One purpose, one goal, one heart.There’s something inside of us that hungers for simplicity. Through practicing simplicity, we experience spiritual transformation and growth.
We might think that fasting is essentially choosing to go without food for a spiritual purpose, and that’s part of what’s happening, but more important than simply choosing to go without food, is deciding where exactly we’re going to put our focus and what things in life are most important to us.
We know all about serving, but often we don’t take the next step, and actually serve. We have to get up, and we have to take steps, and we have to move in a certain direction. Paul knows that the Christian life that we talk so much about won’t happen automatically, or magically. This is the spiritual practice of serving: doing what we can do to meet the needs of other people.