Simplicity

Is it not the simple things that matter the most. The sight of a baby smiling… the comforting feeling which comes from being around an old friend… the feeling felt from the slightest touch or tender embrace of someone you love.. listening to a beautiful song… or when you receive an unexpected gift. When experiencing situations like these that matter so much that they can bring joy to your life no matter what state of mind you were in; you recognize that a simple genuine smile, a simple gesture of positive encouragement, or a simple loving touch or gift can mean so much.

peaceWhen you understand the rule of simplicity, you can recognize that it has so many applications in various areas of your life: from Your APPEARANCE, to How You COMMUNICATE With People, to How You Do BUSINESS. In my life, I always find the most peace when I embrace the simple things in life; just a few days ago I was so happy just to plant some watermelon seeds in the ground.

This is a great example of simplicity found in one of my short life stories :) . One afternoon earlier this year one of my close friends needed me to pick her up from the airport. Even though I was busy, I consented because I really cared for her. Though at the time I had some issues inside my heart about our relationship, and it made me very short with her because I didn’t feel she valued my care for her. But when I brought her home she gave me an unexpected gift… she knew I loved fruit and she brought me some fruit from Italy. When I saw that she thought of me, it totally meant so much to me.

A simple understanding which will make a huge difference in all your personal and business relationships, is that ‘It is ALWAYS the THOUGHT that COUNTS’.

One of the things I feel so many people make so complicated is the Bible. I’ve been going to church for all of my life, and I have studied the Bible extensively for my own sake with purpose of gaining more understanding on my personal beliefs. A lot of people gave me the impression that living a Christian life was so complicated (and for some it may be complicated, IDK). Nonetheless, early in my life I tried to make my prayers longer, because I honestly felt that the longer my prayer the better it was (whatever that meant). And, as I matured in my faith, I learned that there is simplicity in Prayer.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 - Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.

There is even simplicity found in all of the laws of the Bible, even though there are over 500 commandments which are recognized today by Jewish laws and scriptures in the Old Testament. Jesus summed up all the laws into two commandments in the New Testament.

Matthew 22:36-40 - “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And He said to him,“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

I’ll end with this verse… it has a lot of meaning in just a few words.

Proverbs 13:7 (MSG) - A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.