I enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen.
I also enjoy having company and feeding people. Sometimes I find that I have made those two things more complicated that they should have been and I am able to enjoy neither one as much as I could have.
Recently we've discovered the joy that is purple grapes paired with white cheddar cheese. It is a culinary delight.
I try to keep both things on hand all of the time because it's a simple but delicious way to be hospitable and welcome people into our home or just for us to enjoy.
Have you seen that acronym?
Keep It Simple Stupid
I find it so funny but also helpful to remember.
It's easy to fall into a place where good equals complicated.
Hard is be best.
If it's difficult it's worth more.
Sometimes that is true of course. If it is easily gotten sometimes that means it is of little value.
We shouldn't shy away from the hard. Often times the struggle brings about the glory.
But I wonder if sometimes we make it too hard...complicate things unnecessarily?
A child believes and sometimes we complicate that with our unbelief. Surely they don't really understand when really we are the ones who don't understand. Their belief is full and complete but it seems too simple so it must be lacking.
There is therefore no condemnation...but we can't completely let go of the guilt or the person we were and the life we led so we make the new life hard by remembering and carrying the past into the now.
It's wanting everything to be just right and perfect and sucking the joy out of life in the process.
It's opening the door to that little bit of doubt...not trusting...not believing...not clinging to Truth.
I wonder if sometimes we complicate things as an excuse. "I would but..."
To avoid the responsibility that comes with accepting and fully living in Truth.
But really life is better when we keep it simple. When we just believe and trust what He is doing and where He is leading us.
Simple, just like grapes and cheese.