It doesn’t have to be so complicated

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Life doesn’t have to be so complicated”
 
In 1988 Robert Fulghum wrote a great little book which, although it’s not an explicitly Christian book, it does teach an essential Biblical principle for living life well, and it is consistent with what the Old Testament prophet Micah was expressing in Micah 6:8 (above). The principle is simplicity and the name of the book is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
 
“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom is not (found) at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and milk are good for you.”
 
“Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
 
This is what Micah was getting at. Living well, in a manner that honors God, blesses others, and achieves a good life for us, really boils down to a few basic rules of honesty, integrity, and good character. But in many cases, we’ve lost sight of what we already knew. We’ve allowed life to get so busy and involved and complicated, that we make it much harder than it should be. Solomon once said, “God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” Ecclesiastes 7:29 (TEV)
 
Simplicity in life is an important concept which we all need to relearn. As we will see tomorrow, Jesus Himself was the Great Simplifier. But for now, let’s remember that life doesn’t have to be so complicated. Just be nice, enjoy some cookies and milk, hold hands and stick together.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim  
              
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