Keeping it Simple
I once went
to a midweek ministers' conference with a deadline looming for a series of
Bible reading notes. I was complaining to my room-mate about the 'writer's
block' I was struggling with. The project had been hanging over me for weeks
and now I only had five days left before my editor would start chasing me...
KISS!' she said. I stared blankly at her.
heard of the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid? If you apply it to your
current problem (writer's block) you'll discover you can get over it in just
two steps. First, pick up a pen. Second, start writing - get anything at all
down on the page and then you've got something to work with.'
absolutely right; KISS is the perfect principle to apply to writer's block.
KISS is also
the perfect principle to apply to discipleship. In fact 'simplicity' has been
considered a virtue, a spiritual discipline, from the earliest days of
Christianity. It is why many monks and nuns take vows of poverty on entering a
religious order, and why Charles Wesley calculated exactly what his family
needed to live on and gave any surplus away to the poor and disadvantaged. Even
in his old age he stuck to the same basic standard of living so that others
could be blessed with what the Lord had provided for him. In our day and age,
simplicity might mean reducing our working hours to spend more time with our
family; switching our phones to silent to snatch some quiet, focused time with
God or clearing our cupboards and sending unwanted clothes, toys, books and
gifts to the local charity shop. If you'd like some more ideas, try the
TEARFund website, especially their youth page, Rhythms.
We are here
on earth to give glory to God. How do we do that? Perhaps we need to simplify
our lives and make more room for faith, hope and love. In 2015 we're aiming to
keep things simple here at Bovingdon Baptist Church. The three steps we intend
to take are:
1) FIX OUR
EYES ON JESUS - in praise, prayer and worship
2) RUN THE
RACE SET OUT BEFORE US - discover God's will in each of our circumstances
3) TAKE UP
OUR CROSSES AND FOLLOW JESUS - wherever this may lead us individually and
upset your plans,
turn to you day
- who knows? -
is not chance.
the Father free
the pattern of your days.
Dom Helder Camara, A Thousand Reasons for Living