We live in difficult times. Many conflicts continue around the world.

Press investigations abound and millions of pounds are spent on sporting events. Shareholders up in arms regarding bonuses, and economic difficulties experienced by many countries affect us all. We do live in difficult times. And with redundancies forever being announced is there any hope for the future?

Yes, there is hope for the future. Whatever challenges we face we can use them as opportunities to examine ourselves, and consider what is really important in our lives, set realistic goals and then make the adjustments that are needed for those goals to be realised.

Whatever difficulties we face there are agencies out there who are equipped to offer advice, wisdom and direction to help us guide our way through these challenging times. Challenging times are opportunities to simplify our lives. Move away from the complicated way of doing things to an easy to manage lifestyle.

Did you know that the bible instructs us on how to speak – let your yes be yes and your no, no – a simple way of speaking. It also talks about loving God and loving our neighbour as we love ourselves – a simple way of acting, and it also talks about being content with what you have – A simple way of living. Simplicity is a goal we seldom achieve because it’s easy. A closing thought, have you ever heard someone on their deathbed say “I wish I had spent more time at the office”.

Whatever we face this summer, meet the challenges head on, and enjoy the simple things.