I admire simplicity. Always have. I love it when essentials are made as simple and brief as possible. Simplicity helps us understand the essentials. Brevity helps us remember them. The best textbooks on almost any subject are brilliant on the basics. I've discovered in my life that when things are made simple, not simplistic, when they are clearly stated in terms I can easily understand, I'm able to put them into action in my life. Below are four simple, brief truths I discovered years ago. I jotted them down to present in a sermon I gave maybe 30 years ago. They have made all the difference to me in my life, and I pass them onto you with the hope that they might do the same for you. I'll just simply list them here without comment. I think they speak for themselves. Here they are:
Love is not sex.
Wealth is not money.
Relationship is not religion.
Faithfulness is not success.
My only regret is that I didn't learn these truths and take them to heart sooner than I did. I hope you will not make the same mistake. Think of them as Father's Day advice from a 71-year man who truly wishes all of you a wonderful, joy-filled life.