Three remote controls rest on our coffee table. One controls the basic operations, another controls enhanced sound and yet another will engage streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix.
I’ve tried throwing them but that doesn’t seem to help my confusion.
At the grocery store, the bread aisle that once offered whole wheat or white is now filled with so many choices you can spend 5 minutes in an internal debate over which to buy.
I remember a time that seemed simpler. When there was one remote control and streaming was something that might be coming from your child’s diaper.
You can’t even find simple instructions for cold medications without wading through the extensive list of side-effects and ingredients. Just tell me how much to take, how often!
I do like simple.
We live in a country of abundance. It’s a blessing, mostly. Right?
Sometimes it’s not much better in church. So many messages, so many views, more and more Bible translations and paraphrases that it’s hard to hear the clear and simple call of Jesus.
When it’s all too much and I want to silence the noise I remind myself of all that really matters. Two simple commands Jesus reminds us of: love God and love others.
That’s it. That’s what all the voices and words and stories and parables boil down to. In the simplest form, we are to above all, love God and then love others. Not some god but the God. Not some others but all others.
We complicate. God makes it simply clear.
Linking up for Five-Minute Friday, a free-writing word prompt hosted by Kate Motaung