Simple and Slow

5301031.gifThough we live in a complex, fast-paced society, many people are seeing the value of slowing down and living life simply.  People respond to simplicity because of the complexity of this world bombarding their already busy schedules.  And people respond to a slower pace because it makes them happier and healthier in the end. 

Much has been written over the last few years in regard to this phenomenon.  For example, last year Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger added to the simple revolution by writing a book called Simple Church.  In it, these authors saw a common thread among successful companies such as Apple with their simple iPod and iMac, Google with their simple web search, Southwest Airlines with their simple no-hub flights, and Papa John's with their simple menu.  All these companies were simple in their vision and process, and all were successful.  Not suprisingly, as they did research among churches across America, they found that most "growing churches" have a clear and simple process for making disciples. 

As for the value in slowing down, Carl Honore wrote a book in 2004 called, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed.  If you wonder how many people agreed with his premise to slow down, you only have to look at the cover of the book and see that it was an international bestseller. 

So for many, simple and slow is the way to go.  But is this just a cultural shift? Or is there a theological and philosophical foundation for living life simply and slowly?  I welcome your thoughts as I ponder this question myself.