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Simplify — the word rings with New Year’s resolutions and comes with all the lovely Pinterest images of minimalist, white rooms. I did — sort of — organize a closet last week, and as a toddler mom who expects a new baby in six weeks or so, simplification sounds good. But I didn’t make any resolutions about it.

Last night we finished a long, oft-interrupted family trek through the gospel of John. And as I think of “simplify” and of minimalist blogs and of my untidy closets, I think, too, of the last of Christ’s words that John recorded: Peter asks Jesus, But what about John? and Jesus responds, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

It’s that simple sometimes, isn’t it? We want to complicate life with the questions about all the other people, want to know the whys and wherefores that aren’t even part of our story. But Christ’s call isn’t about all those things. Christ’s call? “You follow me!”

It’s a simple call, yet weighted with the knowledge of where and how He might lead — as, for Peter, to a literal cross. Yet if we follow, we know He goes ahead, calling us nowhere He has not first walked. He endured the cross for the joy set before Him, and, leading us, He sets before us that same joy.

Let’s follow.


Linking up with the Five Minute Friday crew for this week’s prompt, simplify. Click the button above to visit the FMF site and read more about it.

©2018 by Stacy Crouch


3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: simplify

  1. Thank you Stacy, for this clear reminder. It certainly does take the burden and weight of all the things that we seem to get involved in that aren’t really necessary! Excited about your upcoming new baby too!


  2. Yes, I do often complicate things with over-thinking, etc….when it really does come to following Him in obedience. I really enjoyed your post. Enjoy these last few weeks of the simplicity of mommy to one – it is certain to get busier:)


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