Complicating the Simple

My Dad spent years on the frozen northern trails, driving Caterpillars across the frozen ice (See the books North of 53 Degrees and Letters from North of 53 Degrees).

No fancy coffee pot for him. All he needed was a sauce pan of hot water and a handful of ground coffee brought to the boil. Voila! Coffee with hearty flavor! Another of his ‘coffee’ tricks was to never throw out old coffee grinds but to just keep adding fresh to them!

Coffee now is an expensive headache. We must have the highly expensive machine that makes single coffees, or we travel to our nearest coffee shop in the belief that it is better than our home brew. And we dare to brag about how we are saving the footprint on the environment.

Does this sound familiar?

I do want to point out, friends that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, and joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things such as your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31, MSG)

Where can we simplify our lives? We are learning that we must because of the world problems right now. Lord, give us wisdom in the how of it.

Prayer- Lord we talk out of both sides of our mouth when it comes to saving the world. Give us the gumption to choose one side or another and not be mug-wumps. You know, God, people who sit on the fence with their mugs on one side and their wumps on another! Amen.

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