I go through each day with the complexities of life: choosing which obligations on my calendar I should fulfill and in which order . . . explaining to my clients the complexities of the law as I prepare taxes . . . figuring out how and when to pay the bills . . . challenging myself with a long list of tasks to do and people to see. I am trying to put into balance work and money, home and family, social, friends, and God.
And when I choose God over everything else as I did this weekend: spending time at CEW (Christian Experience Weekend), with Father Patrick, and spending time with my family, I keep hearing a very SIMPLE message: Truth and Trust; Seek and Know; Follow, Love and Serve.
He will provide. Even the words associated with the peace and joy God brings to my life are less complex. Trust, Hope, Truth, and Love.
Why do we make it so complicated?
- Father Patrick said, “Let Go, and Let Him in.”
- Father Corapi says: “In the end: there is heaven, or there is hell.”
- Matthew Kelly says, “Silence.”
- CEW’s message is Trust and Action: Let Go and Let God.
- And God’s message is Love. He promises to provide “our daily bread.”
Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-12).
Our mission and goal is simple: Heaven. Our instructions: The Ten Commandments. Our path: His Word.
Why do we seek more than we need? Why do we try to carry ourselves? Why do we insist on tearing apart the message? Why has life become so complicated?
Because we are human; we are sinners. We are choosing to follow societal norms and laws made by people instead of seeking and listening to God’s answers.
Here’s to keeping it simple!
Dear God: Praise be Your word passed down to us through the years, written and spoken, the Bible and Church tradition. Help me to simplify my life. Help me to make my choices by following Your commandments. I am sorry for the times I have chosen to feel good by choosing societal complexities over Your simplicity. Thank you for the Father Patricks, the Father Corapis, the Matthew Kellys, and the CEW experiences which serve to remind me to keep it simple. Amen.