“Everything is hard before it is easy.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Don’t complicate whatever is not complicated.” – Demian Bichir
“That was easy”. This was a wildly successful ad campaign run by Staples in the late 2,000’s. If you are unfamiliar with the ad, it had a small red button that said “EASY”, and would be pressed after purchasing office needs from Staples. The idea was that a difficult task really wasn’t as difficult as we make it out to be sometimes. Buying a new piece of office equipment really shouldn’t be that difficult, no, instead it could be easy. At the conclusion of easy of these commercials the button would be pushed and the deep voice would proclaim, “that was easy”. The “that was easy” button became so popular that Staples began to sell them, and before long you could hear the phrase everywhere.
I believe Staples might have been on to something. Not that you ought to buy merchandise from them or that they can make buying office supplies easy, but that somethings are much less complicated than we make them out to be.
One of my math teachers in high school used to remind us often of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). Don’t over-complicated a problem, just follow the equation step by step and you will come to the right conclusion. He would say things like, “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Another one of his great sayings, “how do you put an elephant in a refrigerator? Simply open the door, put it in, and close the door.”
My teacher’s point was the same as Staples, “that was easy” button campaign: don’t over complicate a simple task. As Christians we have an uncanny ability to make simple matters of faith much MUCH more difficult than they should be. In our wisdom we ponder and stress about how to resolve problems and create solutions. Far too many times in my own life I have approached a problem by looking inward and trying to pull out a solution.
Regardless of your maturity level as a Christian, this is a great reminder for all of us in Deuteronomy 11. A blessing and curse were set before Israel, and God basically says, “Choose”. The blessings are elaborated over and over again throughout the Bible, as are the curses. We get to see both of these in vivid color throughout the kings of Israel. We see the prosperity of David and Solomon, and the devastation under wicked kings like Ahab and Jeroboam. God wanted them to prosper and have blessings, but the choice was theirs. The easy button was setting right in front of them, and all they had to do was push it. It was a simple choice. To be blessed all they had to do was obey, but for some strange reason they often chose curses over blessings.
Why do we make the poor decisions of sinful living over godly living? Really it should be a simple choice, but daily Christians choose disobedience, why? You will reap what you sow, and there are consequences for your actions. Obedience garners reward and disobedience judgment and chastisement.
Make the simple choice today, and push the “that was easy” button. Don’t over-complicate this matter. It is not meant to be difficult or hard to do. How do you choose right? Open the Bible, read the bible, live the Bible. It is not complicated, but it does take discipline. Choose life, choose blessings, and choose to love God with everything you are today.
Daily Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 11 - 13
“Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.”