‘KISS – Keep it Simple Stupid‘ (Kelly Johnson – 1910 – 1990)
Although I do not like to use the word stupid, that is how the phrase started. It is attributed to a Kelly Johnson, who was working at the Lockheed Skunk Works. It was used by the US Navy as a design principle. Keep it simple, don’t over complicate things, why have a great mass of complexity when easy designs and simple elements will work; i.e. keep it simple.
There is no need for the last word, you could say;
Keep it Simple and Straight-forward
Keep it Short and Simple
When we talk to people, we should generally, keep it simple, talk to them in a language that they understand. When we say ‘language they understand’ we do not mean to use French to talk to a person of French descent or Chinese to a person of Chinese decent, this too could cause problems.
We mean, talk to a person, at ‘their level‘ using words that they will understand.
There are many people in this country now, where English is not a first language, or where they only have rudimentary speech and understanding of English.
If we are talking to a well-educated person, we may use long words or multi-syllable words; but if we are talking to someone less educated, we may temper our conversation with shorter words, and easily understood phrases.
That is not to say that we talk down to them.
Many years ago, I worked with a man who had a great philosophy, that I have tried to use in my life.
Always speak to someone, the way that you would want to be spoken to.
This is not always easy, and has not always worked, but I always try, especially when working with people who I do not really know, and even more importantly, when working with people that I know, and know that I am a Christian.
Jesus followed this pattern of talking to people in a way that they would understand.
Why do you think he used so many ‘parables’? (stories with meanings)
When Jesus was in his ministry period, he knew the people around him.
He knew their style of life.
He knew their struggles.
He knew how they thought.
So he used parables,
Parables about coins, people, sons, things that had been lost, or found, seeds, and sheep.
The Parable of the Wandering Sheep
If you had a 100 sheep, and one strayed, you may think, ‘oh well, at least I have 99 left’, because if you left the 99, to look for the one that had strayed, you may lose the rest of the sheep, (Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:4-7) The parable was told to show the great love that God has for his people, that no matter what, he will look for us, he wants us to be part of his family, he does not want to lose us, we are that precious, ‘In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish‘ (Matthew 18:14 NIV).
The Parable of the Lost Son
This is about the son that took all that was going to be his, and left. In the times that the story was set, even asking for his portion would have been a grave insult to the father. Many of us know the story, but if not, have a read please take the time to do so, (Luke 15:11-32). When his son finally comes to his senses, he decides to return, but now he returns understanding what he has done. His father’s reaction is not the usual one; he runs to him, which would be really unusual for a man of his status. But ultimately, the father was joyous, because the errant son had returned to him. That is how God is with us.
We are loved by the Creator of the universe, the one who spoke everything into being. Love so much (John 3:16).
And although, like the sheep, we may stray, God never will, Paul reminded the Hebrews of this in his letter, ‘Never will I leave you‘ (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).
Moses reminded all of Israel this, when he made Joshua the leader. He said, ‘the LORD will personally go ahead of. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you‘ (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT).
God wants us to be in his family, he wants the best for us. God delights in us, Jesus said, ‘there will be more rejoicing in heaven over on sinner who repents‘ (Luke 15:7 NIV). And as we praise and worship our Awesome Mighty God, he sings to us.
We need to remember this verse.
‘The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
I his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing‘
(Zephaniah 3:17 NIV).
Listen for the singing.
You poured outrageous love on me
You gave Your life for all to see
Poured Your love on me
The cross stands tall, showing Your great love
A sacrifice, so pure, paid for me, so undeserved
Love, a mighty ocean, flowing over me
Vast, unmeasured, boundless
Love has set me free
Redeemed and forgiven, I am healed and restored
That I would gain such grace
So amazed, I stand in awe
Now You’re risen, resurrected
Seated high on heaven’s throne
Christ the hope of this world
Your love has set us free
His love is overflowing
The sound of heaven pouring
Rivers of living water
Love overflow, love overflows
Father God, we want to thank you for your outrageously great love for us. Help us to treat all people we meet, with that same love and respect, that you showed to everyone that you met, whoever they were, and whatever they had done. Help us to be salt and light in a dark world. Help us to show you and to share you with anyone that asks. Help us to be ready and willing to share the Good News about you.
Lord we thank you for all the people in our lives, that help us with our walk of faith. We thank you that they are prepared to walk with us, and help us when we have troubles. Thank you for their faith, love and respect for all Christians, and the time they spend helping us. Bless them in all areas of their lives, and may they also have people who help them to grow in their faith.