One of the first things I have tried to simplify and minimize is what I read, particularly concerning my faith. I love to read, and in the past mostly read for entertainment.
But something has switched in me this past year, and I find myself not wanting to waste my time on fluff. I want the good stuff. I want to read things that challenge me in the way I live my life.
The biggest change for me has been paring down to reading the Bible. If I truly want to know God and what it means to love and obey Him, there is no better source than his Word. I used to read devotionals, now I read the Bible. I used to read a lot of books written for spiritual growth. I still read some, but mostly I have been reading the Bible for spiritual growth. I used to depend on the American Christian church to define christianity, now I am looking in the Bible.
I've learned a lot from listening to podcasts by Francis Chan. I am drawn to his teaching because he teaches the Word of God. He constantly encourages his listeners to spend time alone in the Word.
This is what I am striving to do, and it is so good.