KISS (Keep It Simple Saints)
Kelly had wanted to make a difference in her community. She began food drives, clothes drives, and re-education classes for the poor. She home schooled her five children. All of them were involved in music lessons, soccer, church youth activities and a Wednesday co-op group. Much of which Kelly either taught, managed, or organized. She also owned a home-based sewing business. She prided herself on how organized she kept her home, classes, volunteer work, and business.
All was going well or so it seemed until a stomach virus hit. Every activity came to a screeching halt. A month and a half later, exhausted with clothes, bed linens, and dishes piled high Kelly couldn’t keep up with all the phone calls. They poured in from everywhere. During all the distress Kelly cried out to the Lord, “Why did you let this happen?” She began to complain to her husband of all the work she was behind on. She became aggravated because he couldn’t help her. She began to begrudge relatives and friends who should have pitched in a little bit more. Her anger spilled over onto her kids who were taking too long to get well.
In the middle of banging kitchen cabinets, her youngest daughter walked up and pulled her shirt tail. “Yes, what is it, Hon, Mommy is VERY busy,” Kelly said never looking down. “Mommy, I liked it better when we were KISS.” “What?” Kelly looked at her daughter in dismay. Her daughter shrugged and said, “You know, what grandpa always says, keep it simple short-stuff.”
At last it dawned on Kelly. Life didn’t have to be so demanding. That night she made a list of all her jobs, duties, and activities. She sought the Lord’s guidance in prayer. From now on she would seek him out diligently before she took on anymore projects. Kelly made a decision to let go of all the ones she felt the Lord was leading her to. With conviction she accepted that her value no longer depended on the quantity of projects she acquired but the quality of her obedience to God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to take on only those positions you have call me to do.