I recall a recent
conversation with my children while seated around the dinner table
about my favorite things I did when I was a child.
around the dinner table can be quite revealing and are now one
of my favorite things to do . . . mostly because we don't get
to have too many of them these days because of the children's
or my hectic schedule.
They are always
scurrying off to track practice, Boy Scouts, band practice or
some other extra curricular event.
The crux of the
discussion was about the hard times . . . when I was growing up
(the classic discussion where we try to make our children realize
how hard our childhood was compared to theirs . . . ) We didn't
have all of those above listed activities to keep us busy. We
had very little free time and we knew better than to complain
about our assigned chores.
Today, in these
'modern' times we own a riding lawn mower, and yet we have to
beg and plead with our two teenagers to mow the lawn . . . we
have an automatic dishwasher, and have to bribe or threaten to
get the thing loaded and hooked up to the water faucet!
We have an automatic
washer and dryer, so clothes don't have to be hung up on the line,
just taken out of the washer and put in the dryer and the dial
set for the correct drying time!
My children couldn't
believe that my favorite thing to do when I was a child (it was
actually a treat) was to play out in the rain.
Just that . .
. play out in the rain.
We would hide
under the canoe in our yard and pretend we were in a cave . run
our head under the spout of the house and pretend we were under
a waterfall in Hawaii oh, the possibilities were endless!
My children actually
laughed they couldn't understand how something that simple could
bring me so much joy. Their imaginations were shorted out . .
I think their imaginations are hooked into the television set
We had a television
set when I grew up, and I'm just 41 years old. We just weren't
allowed to watch but very few programs . . . Gilligan's Island
was one I distinctly being allowed to watch and I Love Lucy, was
What a far cry
from what we now see on the television screen.
Life today wants
to cloud everything we do with busyness and complexities of 'stuff'.
I know we've heard about 'stuff' before and it's one of my Mother's
favorite pet peeves… "stuff."
But you know,
growing up as a child without all of the niceties and modern amenities,
(less stuff) life was more simple. And we did have fun, in spite
of what my children might think!
to us is simple, and we can even have fun living it! That's what
is so hard to some of us to really grasp, I think . . . just how
simple the love and grace of Jesus Christ really is.
Who tends to
throw us the curves in life? Satan loves to throw them at us the
way he slipped around the tree...headed straight for Eve in the
Garden of Eden. He wants to confuse us with all of the non-important
issues by slinking into the everyday issues of our life and cause
Jesus with simple, everyday life issues and He kept it simple.
He constantly referred to the Father and His love.
want us to reflect on those things. He wants us to clutter our
lives with other 'important' things such as our religion, denominational,
racial and cultural barriers.
He wants us to
forget all about the simple things . . . about how Jesus loves
us . . . He died for us . . . He saved us . . . and all He asks
of us in return is that we believe in Him. How simply marvelous.
How simply wonderful! And how simply miraculous! How simply simple!
So if it was
simple enough for Him . . . it's simple enough for me. Let's keep
it simple, okay? It's a jungle out there and Satan is waiting
to slink around our tree of life.
Simply and with
much love . . .