This morning I was out for coffee with a friend. The menu offered us a dozen or more variations on a theme: latte, espresso, macchiato, flat white, Americano, cappuccino… And these examples are just the tip of the coffee bean mountain. In the event my friend had a hot chocolate and I had a camomile tea.
Choices! And not just coffee. Take breakfast cereals, or sugar – so many types to choose from. Or cheeses – soft, hard, regional, some with added extras… We can choose which films we watch, the books we read, and what belief system we might follow.
Victorian hymn-writer, Frederick Faber wrote, “If our love were but more simple, we should take him (God) at his word.”
Do we over-complicate life? If our love – and our lives – were “but more simple…” A life led simply brings a clarity that leads to peace and contentment. Jesus Christ’s mission, though profound, was simple: “I have come that you might have life in all its fullness.” It is, “in simple trust,” that people have followed him, not naively but with calm confidence (with, or without, coffee on the menu.)