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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Royal Pain

I am so the Queen of Complication. Simplicity is something I have had to learn to adjust to. And for me, that is a huge adjustment.

It’s not that I like things to be complicated; I just have a knack for complicating things.

Whether it is cooking a meal for company, cleaning house or working on a sermon, I just seem to always make it more detailed, more difficult, more intense than necessary.

Can anyone relate or am I the only crazy one on the planet? Why just order pizza when we can have a five course meal? Yeah… sad, I know.

I recently read about an instant cake mix that was a big flop. The instructions said all you had to do was add water and bake. The company couldn’t understand why it didn’t sell until their research discovered that the buying public felt uneasy about a mix that required only water. Apparently people thought it was too easy. The company altered the formula and changed the directions to call for adding eggs and oil to the mix in addition to the water. The idea worked so well that sales jumped dramatically.

Here is my new philosophy; unnecessary complexity should be avoided at all costs.

Let yourself off the hook ladies.

Order the pizza so you can spend more quality time with family and friends and less time in the kitchen.

Less stress is best.

Listen to the words of Paul:

...I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am… Philippians 4:12-13 (MSG)

Life is crazy enough so if you are like me, take the self-imposed tension and pain out of your life and enjoy the blessings God has provided for you. Don’t get so caught up planning your life that you don’t live your life.

And all the ladies said, AMEN!

Giving up my Queenly title,


Unreasonable Grace said...

Amen, sista!

ummmmm.... does this mean I don't get to eat your good cooking anymore? ;)

I, too, suffer from "complexity complex". Thanks for the balance check!

Barbara said...

Amen and Amen....and this comes from one who has been "around the block...for years"..........

Some things are just more important than others...and simple is best.