About 9 months ago, I was sitting in a college ministry meeting and the college pastor said, “Keep it simple, stupid.” I thought about that statement and the fact that in the past I had made things much harder when they were supposed to be simple because that is how I was trained. In the food service industry, we do a lot of things from scratch, simply because we have been taught (and rightly so) that scratch is better. But how much is better? If it takes a prep cook 2 hours to peel and slice potatoes, when the ready product is only 4 dollars a case more – well, you do the math. It is cheaper and simpler to buy a ready product.
Look around your kitchen. Do you see things that can be simplified simply by reorganizing? How about your life and walk with God? Do we sometimes make things harder than they are simply because we think it is better? The best example can be found in Scripture, in the form of the Sabbath day. The Sabbath was meant to be a day of rest so that we could focus on God and take care of ourselves. By the time of Jesus there were over 630 different rules to define the Sabbath. The leaders of the day had turned the Sabbath into a burden that not many could bear.
Do we do that in our own lives? Do we do that with our staff, co-workers or even family? Like sheep, we need a shepherd. Sheep are stupid creatures, so “Keep it simple, stupid,” so that you may enjoy the fruit of your labor and the joy of knowing that you thought about it before you did it.
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