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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso at DailyLearners.com

The Creative Call – Chapter Eight: Simplifying

Welcome back to another article about The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer. I have written an article every Wednesday as I work my way through the book. If you have been with me from the beginning, you know that we have almost finished. I hope my articles have been helpful to those of you out there that want a more creative life and want to follow their creative call.

When I finished reading Chapter Eight I was drawn to the verse Janice used at the end. Romans 8:28 spoke to me as it always does. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  This scripture is important to me because of some things going on in my life right now.  The scripture is food for thought and a good reminder.

Our creative call is for God’s purpose. Remember that.

Chapter Eight is about simplifying our lives. Janice gives quotes and practical advice for those that have trouble making this concept come true in their lives. Figuring our what is important to us in our lives is a great first step to simplification. Getting rid of items that drag us down is another.

I am sure that many of us are bogged down by stuff. Since I have moved so much I have gotten a little more streamlined as far as possessions, but I also seem to be leaving a trail of items in people’s garages as I move from state to state. That isn’t good. Having things scattered about tends to create some anxiety I wasn’t even aware of until I started reading this chapter.

We live in a country of plenty. Most of us have way more than we need. Janice reminds us that all that stuff just gets in the way of our creativity. We go into debt trying to get things that we think will make our life better. Those things just tend to make things more complicated. Collecting stuff is expensive. We have to work harder so we can afford more. We get on the never-ending treadmill of life trying to make our lives more comfortable. But the stuff doesn’t do it for us.

Money issues can wreak havoc with your creativity. Janice gives helpful common sense advice about getting off that treadmill. She suggests paying off debt, saving money, and making purchases with cash only. All good advice. Janice also gives suggestions to prevent you from making those impulse purchases on credit. Waiting for six weeks seems like a very reasonable amount of time to put off a purchase. If you can save up for the purchase within the six weeks and you still want the item, then buy it. If not, then don’t.

I found out Monday that we will be making another move in a few months. Knowing that has put me in a slight tizzy. When I get a better handle on things I will fill you all in on what is going on. Right now, I am taking comfort in Romans 8:28 and will be looking at ways I can simplify the move. Take care and know that I truly wish you all the best in reaching your creative call.

Here are links to the previous articles I have written about The Creative Call:

The Creative Call

The Creative Call – Introduction

The Creative Call – Chapter One: Beginning

The Creative Call – Chapter Two: Listening

The Creative Call – Chapter Three: Awakening

The Creative Call – Chapter Four: Forgiving

The Creative Call – Chapter Five: Breathing In

The Creative Call – Chapter Six: Breathing Out

The Creative Call – Chapter Seven: Making Time

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