We have all heard the expression K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid. I know that I probably should not be using the word “stupid” – at least that what my daughter would tell my grand-boys – but the reality is we complicate life in so many ways. If we just stepped back, took a breath and took care of the simple things, we would be a whole lot better off.
Recently, I was reminded of a few simple rules for life. In fact, these rules are entitled “All I ever really needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. Here they are:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work some every day.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up, and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first words you learned – the biggest word of all –“LOOK.”
Not bad advice for us to follow. The next time your life gets complicated, let me give you something simple – K.I.S.S. – to think about:
- God is Good – All the Time!
- Regardless of how we feel – God is in Control. He has our backs.
- We can trust Him more than we can trust ourselves because He is God and we are not.
Pastor Tom – Phil 3:14