Simplicity Within Complexity
July 14, 2021
July 14, 2021
Have you noticed within the last six months the need to deal with complex issues without the opportunity to resolve or bring solution with simplicity? It must be long, drawn-out, tiring, and frustrating. Wrong thinking and contemplation cause this response. Whatever happened to the main thing being the main thing and the plain thing being the main thing? Why do we create complexity in resolution? Is it simply stupidity or immaturity, or is it something else like a missing dimension of wisdom and discernment that only comes from one source? Both may be involved, but the latter is the key! Allow me to share with you five simple thoughts that will assist you in your Christian experience as you deal with disturbances, difficulties, frustrations, and problems of this culture:
It is simply the Word of God, the Son of God, and the Spirit of God! Focus on Jesus! Very Clear and Very Simple. See Him in the Word of God, the Bible. Dependence on the Spirit of God to make Him real to you is the way. Simply Focus on Him. It is the Lord Jesus! Watch what happens to your thinking and emotions in life!! It will be amazing!
Pray always with the sense of complete dependence on Him. Regardless of your discipline, education, skill mix, or giftedness, you need His help at that moment. Utter and complete reliance on His enablement is paramount. As Paul stated: “Pray without ceasing!”
It seems that everyone wants change whether it is necessary or not. Having change just for change is the secret solution. Wrong! There are things that you do not change … and we must know them. Proverbs 22:28 NKJV even states: “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” It is said again in Proverbs 23:10. Stay Faithful to things you have learned. Is not this what John said in Revelation 2:10 NKJV: “… Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Whatever God is saying to you or teaching you, get the lesson under your belt. Do not procrastinate. Learn it and do not entertain a repeat of the lesson by the Almighty! Get it and move on! It would seem to me that when Elijah called fire down from heaven on the ‘Captain and his fifty men’ who were present to take him to wicked King Ahaziah and they were burned up, the second group who went after him would get the message. They did not and they also were ‘burned up.’ Thankfully, the third Captain got the lesson. His life was spared along with his fifty men. (2 Kings 1) Why procrastinate? Keep short accounts with the Lord. Be a quick learner!
There must be a sense of ‘joy’ regarding the future, a sense of expectation that will honor the Lord! There is always ‘Gloom and Doom,” but there must be JOY permeating anticipation. People will feel and notice that … and ask questions! The Spirit of the Lord will do this IN you and THROUGH you. This is not worked up or dependent on circumstances!
These five simple realities (fingers) of action will give you:
… Hand of Accomplishment
… Hand of Abundance
Let’s Get Simple … I am ready! How about YOU?
College President, Dr. Mark O’Farrell
The President’s circle connects you to the President. The monthly publication of the President’s circle is produced by Trinity College President Dr. Mark O’Farrell, it features a word from the Word, the latest campus news, and a call to prayer for our alumni, friends of the college and mission of the college. For the current and previous publications click the links below.
In May 2005, Dr. Mark T. O’Farrell was elected the eighth President of Trinity College of Florida. Dr. O’Farrell has served in several pastorates in Georgia and Florida, before becoming the Assistant to the District Superintendent/Church Planting Director for the Southeastern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He was later elected, and subsequently re-elected as District Superintendent of the Southeastern District, serving for 12 years and is a recipient of the Antioch Award (2005) for his efforts in starting churches. Dr. O’Farrell has served as a trustee on several higher education boards, denominational boards, adult retirement communities, and auxiliary ministries.
Dr. O’Farrell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina and received a Doctor of Divinity from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, Georgia. Dr. O’Farrell and his wife, Billie, have four children and six grandchildren.