Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Perhaps you've heard of the K.I.S.S. principle? If not, allow me...it stands for "Keep it Simple, Stupid."

I was recently reminded of this principle while attending a Leadership Summit. You see, I have a propensity to complicate things. It is a blessing and a curse. I am good at strategizing, and seeing details, and processing information...but sometimes this gift works against me as I over-complicate life and easily become overwhelmed...especially my spiritual life.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

This is the simple command I was reminded of yesterday; it's simple, really. Stay connected to the vine, to Jesus, and you WILL bear fruit...you won't be able to help it. It's not really possible to be connected to Jesus and not bear fruit. On the other hand, when you're not connected to Jesus, nothing you do will matter...nothing you do will have any significance...in short, you will not bear fruit.

The point? If you're like me and you tend to over-complicate things, perhaps it's time to be reminded that spiritual growth is not as hard as we make it...it's simple enough that a child can "get it." Stay connected and bear fruit. The bearing fruit is a by-product of staying connected. It's that simple. Stay connected, bear fruit; disconnect, bear no fruit.

How do I stay connected? Ah, I will resist the urge to fall into the trap of prescribing some form of Christianity that replaces the relationship with a list of things to do; instead, follow your call to stay connected...you know what to do...

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