From the Pastor's Desk-Simplicity
You have heard of Murphy's law... "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." There are times when that law seems to be operative, but at the same time to embrace Murphy's Law as a life principle would seem to me somewhat depressing.
There's another law that I just recently ran across: Meyer's Law. Meyer's Law says... "It is a simple task to make things complex, and a complex task to make things simple." You have to admit, that everything around us, from the global economy to our personal finances, from our government to the running of our own households, has grown more and more complex.. Hey, just take a moment and let's examine our calendars, schedules, things to do list and the pressures that are upon everyone.
The other day I was in trying to get in a line of cars pulling out of the shopping center. The line was moving very slowly. As I waited, I noticed a driver literally screaming, poking their head out the window, and yelling at the slow moving traffic. After the initial shock, I found myself feeling bad for the driver and "assumed" their life had to be very complex to respond in such a way. I even lifted up a short prayer for the driver.
What about Jesus and Meyer's law? Jesus had an amazing ability to take complex things and make them simple. For example, he summed up the entire Jewish Torah by asking people to do two things.... love God and love their neighbor. I believe Jesus came with the intent of taking the complex issues of life, and making them less complex, so we could at least have a chance of understanding them and, by the grace of God, respond accordingly.
Here at Cornerstone, we have set aside a lot of "activities" with the hope of keeping things simpler. We have asked every new member to be willing to do three things with their relationship with Cornerstone Church... worship regularly with the family of God, live a part of their life in community with a small group, and find a place to serve to bless someone else.
Would you pray with me... O Lord, Father of all creation, help us as the church, under the guidance of your Holy Spirit, to be a healing place for your people. Forgive us when we get tricked and trapped into the same complexities of the world in which we live. Help us to keep the main thing the main thing. Help us to keep the pathway of a follower of Jesus clear and free of obstructions and clutter. Help us, as your church, not to complicate our mission to love You, to love our neighbor. We pray this in the name of Jesus, our Friend and Savior.