Keep it simple

We make life, and God, out to be far more complicated than they really are.  We seem to think that finesse, and attempting to merge different ways of thinking into one shows our suave and illuminated mind.  There seems to be a devaluing of things that are rugged and simple in the way that we live, along with our theology.  Might I give you this hint: If you do not understand the investment do not invest there, and likewise if the theology must do loops to show why you do not need actions to back it up it is all smoke and mirrors.

There is a great beauty and stability that is found simple understanding of the faith.  Simple stands the test of time because it will stand when the foundations of all of the others falter.  Just because you can draw a dress does not mean that you can make it, or that it will last.  There are simple basic skills needed to make something that both functions and looks good, but looking good means nothing if the dress does not function in every area within which it is needed.

The same is true of faith – a simple faith that is built with core and solid basics will last far longer than the often-esoteric ideas of what we call faith in the USA now.  A simple faith allows us to hold the same frame when life is good as when life is bad without having to figure out why our faith failed us.  It is a faith that is rugged, functional, and yet colored with the beauty of the very lives we lead.

Every time I hear people talk about how God, the church, or people, failed them it is almost always that they created a personal faith in God, people, or a system, that was really a gathering of disparate thoughts about how God, people, or a system, should work rather than seeking them for what they had already revealed.  It always causes drama and trauma.

If this week you find yourself at a loss for what to do, maybe it is time to simplify your faith and your world.  When you do, you will find a faith that ruggedly overcomes all that is thrown your way.

Blessings,

Pastor Greg

 

 

 

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This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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