Furnishing the sacred space

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2015

“When we eradicate clutter from our lives, we create a vacuum that aches to be filled.”- Bill Hybels

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter.  Fear God and keep his commandments, for that is the duty of all mankind.”- Ecclesiastes 12:13

Bill Hybels concludes Chapter 10 of Simplify by discussing how you can live an ongoing life of simplicity.  To help ensure that your are furnishing the sacred space of your soul with the right things, Pastor Hybels states every opportunity, commitment, and relational investment should be run through the following three filters:

FILTER #1: Satisfaction.  Key question: Will it bring true satisfaction?  Understanding the greater desire of your soul enables you to better determine God’s plan for filling that desire with something that truly will satisfy you.

FILTER #2: Purpose.  Key question: Does it align with God’s purpose for my life?  Filling a space in your life with something good must align with God’s call on your life in your current season.

FILTER #3:  Significance.  Key question: Does it help me lead a life of significance?  Keeping your eyes on the eternal horizon allows you to filter out those things holding only temporal value.  This doesn’t mean only deep, spiritually significant commitments are worthwhile.  Something of godly but temporal value can fill your energy bucket and keep life well-balanced.

Today’s question: How will these filters assist you in furnishing the sacred space of your soul?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: the annotated bibliography of Simplify

About the author

Dave Henning

Leave a comment:

Call Now Button