A pastor friend of mine, posted on social media yesterday that he was working on a sermon regarding the idea of Simplicity. He shared a quote that shared that these are exciting times in which we live, yet have consequences. Technology is amazing, yet how does one keep up. The quote closes with the thought that we fear that we will “attempt too much and accomplish too little”
The comments that people posted in response where insightful, as this is surely a problem. It’s easy to get sucked in and discover significant chunks of time are missing… time that had originally been marked for other tasks and activities. In response to one comment in particular, my friend asks “how do we figure out what stays in the circle and what doesn’t” as to how we spend time and not feel overwhelmed by the abundance of sensory overload.
I replied with end result of an analogy shared by my pastor. “It starts by keeping Christ at the center of the circle. Anything that doesn’t fit with that or competes with that, will give you a good indication of where it should go in the circle, if it belongs there at all.”
Then I got to thinking about what Christ has in store for us and the things we settle for… even things that take us further away from Him. People who know God, were at one time Christians; maybe still believe they are… yet there remains areas of active living that are contrary to God’s word. I thought about the woman with her accusers and Jesus’ statement about throwing the first stone.