What is the biggest obstacle to reaching the raised bar? Our biggest obstacle is always sin. It may be fear, the idolatry of comfort or our family, pride, greed or a moral failure. Many times what is standing in my way is the neglect of simplicity. I desire to seek first God and His Kingdom, but there is always a great amount of clutter causing me to seek other things first. I may be on the right track one moment, but in the blink of an eye, I can get wrapped up in the world around me and lose sight of the reality of Christ. Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline says, "conformity to a sick society is to be sick."
I am eager for God to create in my heart an anthem of simplicity -- to cut out the clogging and bondage of duplicity. There is a bar to reach, the plumb line of the perfection of Christ and all He has called me to, unmet potential that I want to fight for. There is a higher standard that deserves my all. It was all accomplished for me on the cross, so for that, I will continue to reach. (Philippians 3:12-14)
I have this plaque on my shelf that says "simplify" to serve as a reminder. I often joke that it is so covered with clutter that I can't see what it says.