God made man simple: man’s complex problems are of his own devising.
Every December at Elevation Church, we pick a word for the new year that represents our focus and petition to God. For 2017, my family’s word is Simplify. Remember on Day 7 when I wrote about “an aspect of my life I’ve been working to improve for 4 years?” That aspect is to simplify which surprisingly has been difficult to do. I’ve often blamed being a wife, mother, doctor, volunteer, etc for my complicated life. However, where I’ve fallen short is in trying too hard. I put “fail safes” in place to make my life more simple. No one loves to plan more than I do! Now, I’m not saying I’ll stop planning but let my life be driven by simplicity and not by G.R.I.P.E.S.:
Expectations of others
How did we get here?
This entire exercise has been about complaint attenuation. So much of what I complain about are things I should have never entertained. Why do I have a ridiculous amount of emails? Why is my To Do list a mile long? Why would I let a newly erupted “emergency” keep me from missing hot yoga again? There are more questions like these I need to address and put to bed.
How do we simplify?
The scripture Ecclesiastes 7:29, tells us how to live simply. By simply living as He made us to live. We add to it only to go from simplicity to duplicity by functioning under a facade of control. Ironically, it weighs us down and wears us out. This is insanity (nod to Susan Powter)! He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. I can tap into His presence at anytime! So why not do it all the time? Why choose man’s complex over God’s simple? He sent his son so that the gap between God and man would no longer be. He sent his son so I could be free to run to him for any and everything. He sent his son to carry the weight.
Matthew 11:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Be well, Beloved!