Our culture is so busy.
People are always rushing. They have places to go, things to do. We are pulled in a hundred different directions everyday; pulled between home and work; between sports and extracurricular activities; friends and family; between Sunday worship and Sunday football. And when something is constantly pulled, it will eventually break.
It's becoming nearly impossible to live a focused life - or a simple life - in our culture. Home has become a pit stop, a place to fall exhaustedly into bed at night for several hours, instead of the place where we live and grow and learn. The Church has completely lost its centrality and importance in our society's mind. People try to make church bigger, better, more exciting, more relevant. Because plain old church is just not entertaining enough any more.
In the midst of all the noise, Christians are called to just one cause. Matthew 6:24 says, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other." Simple living means living for one purpose. It means being able to get beyond all the conflicting, complicated parts of our lives; the parts that don't matter in the end. Cutting away the non-essential parts may hurt, but it helps in the end, like pruning away the dead branches on a plant.
If we live our lives to their fullest, always striving after our one great purpose - to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever - our lives are made beautiful, and filled with true worth. We only get one shot at this life. Let's make it count. Don't waste it by rushing from one goal to another, one purpose to another, one activity to another. Instead, spend it by spreading the Gospel wherever you can reach; by being fruitful, filling the earth, raising up a faithful generation; and by reflecting the Light so clearly in everything you do, that people stop and wonder. That's simplicity in the truest, best sense of the word. It's loving our Lord with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind (Luke 10:27). It's fiercely and actively serving the King. And truly giving it all we've got.