January 27, 2009 by currbell
But slowly I came to see that God desired to be not on the outskirts, but at the heart of my experience. Gardening was no longer an experience outside of my relationship with God- I discovered God in the gardening. Swimming was no longer just good exercise- became an opportunity for communion with God. God in Christ had become the Center.
You may be wondering what all this had to do with simplicity. Perhaps I could explain it this way. Within all of us is a whole conglomerate of selves. There is the timid self, the courageous self, the business self, the parental self, the religious self, the literary self, the energetic self…If a decision is made to spend a relaxing evening listening to Chopin, the business self and civic self rise up in protest at the lost of precious time…But when we experience life at the Center, all is changed. Our many selves come under the control of the divine Arbitrator…Everything becomes oriented to the new Center of reference.”
Freedom of Simplicity-Finding Harmony in a Complex World by Richard J. Foster