A Simpler Life

As a child, I loved to visit my granny in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My mum and I would spend several weeks at her house most of my summers growing up. She lived in a traditional row house on a cobbled stone street not far outside the city center. The building was a small bungalow that lacked many of the modern-day conveniences. Granny’s house lacked an indoor bathroom. However, she did have an outhouse in the back garden area. In addition, we bathed using a bucket of hot water boiled on the stove-top. It felt like a step back into history every time I visited this simpler life. My granny remained in that house until her passing in 1975.

The Simpler Life

One of my favorite memories revolved around the daily delivery of milk. Early each morning, I awoke to the clop, clop, clop of horse hooves coming down the lane. The clank, clank, clank of the glass bottles rattling echoed into my room, signaling the milkman was near. Granny retrieved the fresh milk quickly before the birds could peck through the top. They liked to savor the cream. She carefully placed the bottles underneath the dining table to keep them cold since she had no refrigerator. These sweet memories act as a balm to my soul.

Our life is about what we do with what God has given us. Click To Tweet

Sometimes, these memories of this simpler life feel like a dream world. It is hard to imagine that a mere thirty years ago, people lived without fridges and indoor plumbing in Europe. Now, electronics and modern technology dominate our world. Even when we visit faraway lands like Nepal and Myanmar, we find cell phones and computers everywhere. Families can barely afford to put food on the table, but they find ways to own the latest and greatest cell phone.

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”  

Luke 12:15.

The Christian Life

The above verse reminds me not to focus on my stuff. The Christian life is not about how much I own. Instead, it is about what I do with what God has given me. God gives us choices in life. For example, we can choose only to indulge our desires, or we can use some of our resources to reach out to help others. There is nothing wrong with buying things. However, we just need to remember to share with those in need. God blesses those who provide for the needy. As seen in Proverbs 11:25, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Our world is full of needs, what can we do to help someone today?


Dearest Jesus. Help me to remember that things do not provide happiness. Teach me to give out of the abundance you grant me. All I have comes from you, so I want to use it for Your glory. Amen.


Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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14 thoughts on “A Simpler Life

  1. Brought back memories of when the milk man would deliver the bottles and we would beg Mom to let us open the bottle with the foil on top.. Great message Sister this year has really showed some of us what is really important and stuff did not make the list… God Bless

  2. You brought that so to life that I could smell the cream in the milk bottles. What a precious experience for you that will remain in your mind all your days. Thank you for reminding us to slow down, to give more away, to live simply. God bless you, sister!

  3. Yvonne, love this story and your analogy. We are spoiled in our modern era with so many conveniences. So the reflection on what we do with what God’s given us is even more important to ask. Thanks for this beautiful reminder.

  4. Jessica Brodie

    What a neat experience it must have been to visit her! Such a blessing. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the simple things. They often are the most meaningful.

  5. Yvonne, this is a great reminder to hold things loosely and share what we have with others. For as you write, “The Christian life is not about how much I own. Instead, it is about what I do with what God has given me.”

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