Keeping It Simple

There are times when I feel life has become very complicated.  Maybe I was raised in a rather protected environment, maybe I have always been a little too naive – a little too willing to give people the benefit of the doubt.  If, as it has been said, that “a sucker” is born every minute – well, maybe I’ve been taken more times than I like to admit.  There is so much conflict in the world, so many taking sides, so many unwilling to listen, so many trying to out yell, or out fox, the other.  It makes me tired thinking about it.

On the other hand,  I am not sure that we always need to analyze everything – and everyone – to death.

I don’t think life always has to be seen as complicated and difficult.

In fact, sometimes I think things can be pretty simple, if we let them be.

Take Jesus for example. 

On the one hand, who he was – who he is – and will be – philosophers and theologians have been arguing that for two millennia.

God too – after all, what does it mean – what does God mean – exactly – when he says “I am who I am” or “I am who I will be”?

Still, look at Jesus’s ministry.  It can be summed up in three short words.  Teach. Preach. Heal.  That’s what He came to do – that’s what He did.  Even the cross, in all it’s mystery might be seen in those three acts – teaching the world, preaching good news to the world, healing the world.

It is both mysteriously complex and simple – beautifully simple.

So, if at times you find you are “brain tired” like me, take a pause,breathe, and give thanks.

God’s gracious act of love – then, now, and in the future – is really what matters.

That, and how we respond to it.

Pretty simple.   Don’t you think?

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