Simplicity Notes

Tips, inspiration, information, and encouragement to bring every aspect of life into alignment with Christ. Create cohesive simplicity based on simple faith in God’s Word. Opportunities in stewardship: how to invest scarce resources wisely- time, energy, finances, and passion.

Simplicity Note #13 – Common Sense

Simplicity Notes By October 31, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Today is Halloween. The only reason I mention it is figuring out if the number 13 is significant or not. My vote is “not”, but it is Halloween. Common sense isn’t sense common to everyone, but having sense about common things. I’ve been sharing this quote for thirty-five years. I no longer remember who said it first, but it was…

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Simplicity Note #11 – Commitment

Simplicity Notes By October 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Things were different when I was a kid. We didn’t pinky swear or make promises lightly. When someone made a promise to me, I believed they’d follow through, and they usually did. Anything less was unthinkable. “Your word is your bond.” “We did the deal on a handshake.” “Let your yes be yes, and your no no.” During a recent…

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Simplicity Note #12 – God Wastes Nothing

Simplicity Notes By October 24, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

In retrospect, my most painful life experiences are the ones most valuable to me today. I don’t want to relive one day of the trials, but it was time well spent. Not only did I learn that God is unfailing in His presence and care, but living through the toughest times prepared me to serve God by serving others. “You…

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Simplicity Note #10 – Benefits of Failure and Observation

Simplicity Notes By October 2, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Education always has a cost: time, pain, or cash. The degree to which we value something is tied to what it costs us to obtain. Value out = value in. The biggest lessons are often learned when we pay the biggest price. Failure is a waste of energy, time, or other assets unless we learn from it. So is spending…

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Simplicity Note #7 – Less is More

Simplicity Notes, Victorious Christian Living By October 1, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

“Less is more” is usually associated with the idea of simple elegance. I have a particular passion for simplicity, so quote this often and might adopt it as my mantra. Although the quotation isn’t necessarily scriptural in all translations, the concept certainly is. “Less is more and more is less.” – Psalm 37:17 (MSG) The NKJV translates this verse as…

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Simplicity Note #9 – What to expect when you ignore problems

Horses and Owners, Simplicity Notes By September 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Few problems spontaneously fix themselves. Certain physical issues, like lacerations or sprains usually resolve themselves. Relationship issues, however, seldom resolve themselves without action. Ignoring destructive behaviors won’t make them go away. Whether horse or human, most undesirable actions originate in fear. Bullies don’t have amazing self-esteem and aggression isn’t the result of great confidence. Disrespect is a symptom of unhealthy…

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Simplicity Note #8 – The Absolute Truth About Knowledge

Simplicity Notes By September 24, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Popular psychologists, politicians, activists and academics preach that absolutes do not exist. Society is divided on every topic from ecology to abortion. If there is one thing most people absolutely agree upon, it is that there is no such thing as absolute truth. The major stumbling block about absolutes is the requirement that for anything to be absolutely right the…

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Simplicity Note #6 – The Quickest Way to Master Anything

Simplicity Notes By September 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Almost twenty-five years ago, Clint Haverty gifted me with a piece of advice that I’m sharing (for the umpteenth time) in Simplicity Note #6. Riding with this multiple World and National Champion horseman was special enough without any whipped cream. When I told him I preferred training horses to training their owners he recognized my naiveté and showered me with…

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Simplicity Note #5 – “I’m okay, you’re horrible.”

Simplicity Notes By September 9, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Most folks believe they’re good people, excusing failures because “I meant well.” After all, isn’t everyone an imperfect screw-up on occasion? No argument here. Everyone blows it. No one makes it from birth to death without making some seriously poor choices and hurting people they didn’t need to. “But, I’m really a good person!” Of course, you are! And so…

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Simplicity Note #4 – Test the Spirits

Simplicity Notes By September 7, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Do you ever wonder what gets into people? Whether it’s folks being interviewed on television, airing their oh-so important opinions, or raging against some imagined slight; you have to ask, “What causes such anger and delusion?” The Apostle Paul offers a great answer in Ephesian 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,…

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