KISS- God’s Plan Made Simple

3 10 2013

Yep, KISS-Keep It Simple, Stupid.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwenty-five years ago, I was the manager of ergonomic programs for a consulting firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I was visiting a manufacturing plant in Dublin, Georgia to assist them with a non-ergonomic related issue. While there, the safety and health manager, knowing I was familiar with ergonomics, asked me if I would look at a seating problem. Hey, I’m thinking, it’s your money; for 150 bucks an hour, I’ll grill you a pork chop if you want me to. He took me over to a workbench surrounded by stools similar to the one pictured. He explained that the stools were new, but one particular employee complained every day about her legs going to sleep while she worked. I asked the lady to sit on the stool. When she did, I noticed her feet were dangling about six inches above the foot rest, which was positioned as low as it would go. So now I’m thinking, this can’t be that easy. I leaned down and adjusted the footrest upward until it made contact with the bottoms of her shoes and took the pressure off of her thighs. She exclaimed, “Oh, I didn’t know you could move that thing!”


Sometimes things are so simple we can’t see the solution because we are looking for something more complex. Both the employee and the safety and health manager were looking for a more complex solution and, thus, were unable to see the simple fix right before their eyes.


That’s the beauty in God’s plan….simplicity.


Look at the birth of Jesus. It was very simple. The newborn Jesus wasn’t surrounded by rich and powerful well-wishers. Shepherds, the lowest of the low, the smelly, wretched refuse, were led, by God, to the stable where Jesus lay. And as Jesus grew to be a man and announced He was the promised Messiah, many Jews refused to believe Him because they were looking for something on a much grander scale. They were expecting the Savior to arrive as a mighty warrior on horseback and wipe out their enemies. Because Jesus didn’t fit the model Messiah they had created in their minds, they felt He could not be who He claimed to be and rejected Him.


Many years ago there was an old man with eight sons. The youngest of his sons was a scrawny little kid named David, who spent most of his time tending the family’s sheep. Three of David’s older brothers were in the Israelite army and were involved in the battle against the Philistine army. Fighting had come to a standstill because the Philistines had a nine foot tall warrior who would come out every day and issue a challenge to the Israelites to send out their best fighter to do battle with him…mano-a-mano. And each day, his challenge went unanswered because there were no Israelites brave enough or stupid enough to go out and answer his daily challenge.


David was bringing lunch to his brothers out at the battleground and asked why there wasn’t any fighting going on. When he learned what the problem was, he told them he would go out and fight the giant. They thought he had more courage than brains, neither of which was going to whip a nine foot giant. What they were unaware of was that David wasn’t planning to rely on either. He was leaving the battle to God. We all know the result.


God has a reputation for accomplishing great things in the simplest ways. He took a little kid and beat a giant and with it brought victory for the Israelites over the Philistines.


The ultimate goal of all believers is, or at least should be, to live eternally with God. To achieve that goal, God doesn’t demand that we go door to door passing out tracts. He doesn’t tell us that if we are good we will get to heaven. He doesn’t require us to do anything to earn our way into heaven, other than to believe. Again, He has made it simple to achieve that goal. We must confess that we are sinners and believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the promised Savior. That’s it. How simple can it be? Yet, here again, there are those who think there has to be more to getting into heaven than that. It’s too simple.


When I was publishing my book on managing safety, the publisher, John Wiley, sent the manuscript out for peer review. One of the reviewers, a long-time safety professional and writer, commented the book was too simple. Well, duh! That was my goal. It is widely held that the average reading level for adults is eighth grade. For that reason, I write for the masses, not the scholarly-a much smaller group of readers.


God’s plan of salvation is very simple and it’s simple for a reason. Salvation is for all people and it is made simple so all people, not just the educated, the rich or the elite, can understand and ask for the free gift of salvation He promised. K I S S !

God loves you




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