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Simple Is Better

In his book, "Eating Problems For Breakfast", Tim Hansel relates the story of a class of engineering students who were given the following problem:

How long should a three-pound beef roast stay in a 325-degree oven for the center to reach a temperature of 150 degrees?

One student couldn't come up with the answer but he did outline a series of experiments that would yield an accurate answer in six to nine months. A second student, more interested in practice than theory, went out and bought a roast, an oven thermometer, a meat thermometer and a watch. He wrote up his report while snacking on medium-rare roast beef sandwiches. A third student reasoned that the specific heat conductivity of the roast should be similar to that of water, since water is the major element in animal tissue. He proved his hypothesis by applying heat transfer theory, and his results agreed closely with those of the second student. However, the quickest and the most accurate answer came from the fourth student who simply called his mother and asked, "Hey Mom, how long do you cook a roast?"

Most times simple is better. God understands that. That's why His plans for our lives are not complicated formulas that only a few people can decipher. Listen to Micah 6:8 "He has told you, 0 man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

Now how hard is that to understand? It only gets complicated when we DON'T do the things God requires of us and we replace justice and kindness and mercy with selfishness and greed and anger. When we no longer walk humbly with God then we are asking for problems. For many of us, we need to slow down, take a long look at our lives and then make some changes that will make our lives simple!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward