Sometimes life seems to get so very complicated. In addition, I also tend to overthink things and make situations more difficult than they really are. At times like these, I tell myself to calm down, take a deep breath, and simplify. Occasionally, my spiritual life also follows that same pattern and I know that I need to simplify. I turn to Paul’s words, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
The words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Mark helps me focus on the simple basic truths I need to know: “One of the teachers of the law came and heard Jesus arguing with the Sadducees. Seeing that Jesus gave good answers to their questions, he asked Jesus, “Which of the commands is most important”? Jesus answered, “The most important command is this: ‘Listen, people of Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There are no commands more important than these” (Mark 12:28-31).
Recently, I heard an easy-to-remember paradigm that encapsulates what I need to know to help me simplify my spiritual life:
Love Christ Completely
Love Others Compassionately
Love yourself Correctly
Prayer: Lord let me live today by the words of Edgar Stites’ wonderful hymn that embraces simplicity. “Simply trusting every day; Trusting through a stormy way; Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus, that is all.”
~ Brother Roy