It’s Not Complicated

Kids are hilarious!

Case in point:

My Little Man is hilarious too and talks non-stop. He narrates his activities, recounts in great detail movies, cartoons, and books, and asks questions about everything. He’s five.

In the midst of his ramblings however, I find truth that’s not that complicated.

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Pure Happiness

Pure Happiness

Here’s an etiquette lesson I received during our ride home from soccer practice:

Dogs aren’t allowed in museums. If you take a dog into a museum, they will take all the dinosaur bones and then the museum people will think you took them and you will get in trouble.

Dogs like big dinosaur bones. Right, Mom?

It’s Not Complicated: Don’t put yourself into a situation where you can get in trouble for another’s actions.

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In Little Man's mind, a plus always comes first.

In Little Man’s mind, a plus always comes first.

Here’s a math lesson I received on the same ride home:

Plus 3 plus 3 plus 4 equals 10.

Plus 9 plus 1 equals 10.

Plus 5 plus 5 equals 10.

There are lots of ways to make 10.

Right, Mom?

It’s Not Complicated: There are a lot of ways to arrive at the same place. 

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I’ve spent some time pondering this last truth. It is something we learned in kindergarten, but how often do we forget? How often do we judge others by our experiences? Or find ourselves judged?

A LOT.

Here’s the truth. There are lots of ways to get to 10, just wait til he learns negatives and multiplication and division and all the other things that Coach spends years teaching kids. The way you get there doesn’t make 10 any more or less. The joy of math is the process, just as the joy of life is the journey.

But life is not a math equation. It is complicated. And God doesn’t expect us to figure everything out, circle the answer and move on. He asks that we journey with Him, that we continue to seek His will, that we have patience as He reveals His plan, and that we have the courage to act when the time comes.

There will be times when our growth is exponential. There will be times when the negatives of life drag us down. And there will be times that we realize something that was there all along and it all makes sense.

In this complex world,

may we remember that it’s not complicated.

God wants us to journey with Him!

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One thought on “It’s Not Complicated

  1. You are SO right! I remember the story about Karl Barth, who had written volumes and volumes of dense theological treatises. When asked how he would sum up the Christian Faith, he replied, “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so!”

    Yours & God’s, Charlie

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