Simplify Participant's Guide: Unclutter Your Soul

Simplify Participant's Guide: Unclutter Your Soul


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Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Overscheduled. Sound familiar? Based on Bill Hybels’ groundbreaking book Simplify and the companion DVD series, the Simplify Participant’s Guide leads you on a journey of discovering a simpler life.

Today’s velocity of life can consume and control us . . . until a breakneck pace begins to feel normal and expected. That’s where the danger lies: When we spend our lives doing things that keep us busy but don’t really matter, we sacrifice the things that do. What if your life could be different? What if you could be certain you were living the life God called you to live—and building a legacy for those you love? If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn’t matter—and start doing what does.

In Simplify, bestselling author Bill Hybels identifies the core issues that lure us into frenetic living—and offers practical steps for sweeping the clutter from our souls. This study guide is an ideal resource for small groups, along with the Simplify DVD Experience (sold separately).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414391250
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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Simplify Participant's Guide

Unclutter Your Soul

By Bill Hybels, Ashley Wiersma

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2014 Bill Hybels
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9125-0


streamline your schedule

Who Do You Want to Become?

Your schedule is causing you to become someone.
Is it causing you to become
a workaholic dad,
a chronically exhausted mom,
a distracted employee,
the "heavy one" in the room ...?

Or is it causing you to become
a devoted follower of Christ,
a responsible financial steward,
a formidable prayer warrior,
a faithful friend?

Your schedule is causing you to become someone. The question is, what do you think of who you've become?


Prior to meeting with your group to discuss session 1, read pages 1–54 in Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, which includes the following chapters:

• Chapter 1: From Exhausted to Energized: Replenishing Your Energy Reserves

• Chapter 2: From Overscheduled to Organized: Harnessing Your Calendar's Power

* * *


It's a familiar illustration, featuring three simple materials: a handful of walnuts, still in the shell; a quantity of dry rice; and a jar.

The instructions are straightforward: Fit everything into the jar. The assumption, of course, is that everything will fit. As we set about our task, we pour in all the rice and then realize there's not enough room for the nuts. So we empty everything out and start over, this time placing a few nuts in the bottom and then some rice; a few more nuts and a little more rice; and then the rest of the nuts and the last of the rice. But that last quarter-cup of rice overflows the jar, and we realize we've failed again.

Third time's a charm: This time, we put all the walnuts in first. Then, as we add the rice, we gently shake the jar so that the rice fills in all the gaps and every last grain fits. Miracle of miracles, everything has its place.

And so it goes with our lives. When we get the biggest-ticket items firmly in place first, everything else finds its niche.


What is the best part of your day, and why is it so enjoyable for you?

* * *


Replenishing Your Energy Reserves

"Are you going to be away again tonight?"

Exhausted, overwhelmed, overscheduled

Living with a full bucket

Living with an empty bucket

session 1

on your own

The goal of this section is to help you incorporate the video content and group discussion material into your daily life. The three segments—Ponder, Pray, and Practice—may be completed all at once or spread out over the days between your group meetings.


Set aside time before your next group meeting to reflect on the following questions. You'll find additional space for journaling on pages 18–21.

How full is your "bucket" these days? Are you satisfied with your honest answer here?

When you hear the words exhausted, overwhelmed, and overscheduled, what thoughts come to mind? How well do these words describe you?


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Table of Contents

a note from bill hybels ix

overview xi

tips for groups xv

session 1 streamline your schedule: Who Do You Want to Become? 1

session 2 spend wisely: Being Satisfied with Job and Money 23

session 3 strengthen your relationships: Conversations That Simplify Life 49

session 4 fully surrender: Let God's Word Lead 71

about the authors 89

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