Simplicity

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” 2 Corinthians 11:3.

“He who willl observe simplicity in all his habits, restricting the appetite and controlling the passions, may preserve his mental powers strong, active, and vigorious, quick to perceive everything which demands thought or actions, keen to discriminate between the holy and unholy, and ready to engage in every enterprise for the glory of God and the benefit of humanity.

“The little ones should be educated in childlike simplicity. They should be trained to be content with the small, helpful duties and the pleasures and experiences natural to their years. Childhood answers to the blade in the parable, and the blade has a beauty peculiarly its own. Children should not beforced into a precocious maturity, but as long as possible should retain the freshness and grace of their early years. The more quiet and simple the life of the child—the more free from ariticial excitement and the more in harmony with nature—the more favorable it is to physical and mental vigor and to spiritual strength.

“Parents should by their example encourage the formation of habits of simplicity, and draw their children away from an aritifical to a natural life. Those children are most attractive who are natural and unaffected.

“The greatest Teacher the world ever knew was admited for His simplicity; for He presented divine truth in such a way that even children could comprehend His words, and at the same time he drew the attention of the best educated and deepest thinkers of the world. By the use of familiar illustrations He made truth plain to the minds of the common people. In simplicity He sowed the seed of the gospel truth in the minds and hearts of his hearers, and it sprang up and yielded a harvest into everlasting life.

“His [Christ’s] glory was in His simplicity.”

Sons and Daughters of God, by Ellen White, p. 86, for March 20m 2023.

I needed to hear this lesson myself. Simplicity was the brand name of Sewing Pattern Books. The idea that sewing could be simple, and easy, encouraged customers to buy their patterns. In time we figured out, my sister and I, that some patterns were not “easy” to use, or adjust.

In life, some patterns we observe in others, are not easy to understand. How can man be both generous and know so many people, and yet know their pains, their children, their heartaches? How can someone [Jesus] be intimately connected to humans and be so able to share in their sorrows?

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