Exploit the Simple Ideas

I picked this up from yesterday’s reading:

Sports writer Andy Benoit on how geniuses work: “Most geniuses—especially those who lead others—prosper not by deconstructing intricate complexities but by exploiting unrecognized simplicities.” Source: Sports Illustrated

From James Clear Newsletter

A couple of items of news germane only to me came my way yesterday. Doesn’t matter specifics here. But the point was how different types of Christians pick up and hold views that disparage or outright reveal hatred toward other humans—even other people who are trying to follow Jesus.

We humans devise complex theologies and rationalizations to justify to ourselves that our belief are OK.

But…

When I see this, it drives me back to the unrecognized simplicity of following Jesus—

He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

All we have to remember is that love is an action verb not an emotion.

Love God with such actions as study the word, converse, contemplate, worship, serve.

Love our neighbor by putting them before us, doing acts of kindness and service, holding them up (not bringing them down).

Like many simple things—it’s hard to do. It requires practice. Like the young violin player lost on the streets of Manhattan who asked a fellow pedestrian, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The reply, “Practice.”

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