The Offense of Simplicity

January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

God is too complex for us to grasp His complexities yet simple enough for even the little child to understand.

The pride of man leads us to pursue the complex but when we do, we miss some of the most powerful principles of life and business. We tend to think, “If it’s too simple than it can’t be effective”.

Naaman the leper in the Old Testament almost missed his healing because he wanted the prophet to come and do something spectacular in order to be healed. Instead the prophet gave some simple directions. Naaman was angry at the simplicity of the command and was ready to walk away but his servant convinced him to at least give it a try and Naaman was healed.

Mankind tends to ignore the simple teachings and doctrines of God and waste a lot of time and energy trying to wrap their minds around His complexity.

Most of the deep things of God can only be understood they cannot be explained. Let me say that again so you catch that. Many of the deep things of God can only be understood, they cannot be explained.

God hides His truth in the simplicity. King David said, “ I do not consider things too lofty for me” Here is a secret . . .  as we focus on the simplicity of God’s word, then God sneaks around the back and begins to give us revelation into many of His mysteries.

This simple-complex problem also happens in the business world. We feel more important if our job sounds complicated or my solution seems to require a PHD to understand it. Yet in business most solutions are simple, basic and easy to implement.

I’ve watched business owners pass over ideas that could have quadrupled their business because they were too simple. It offended their pride. How could something so simple make such a big difference?

I once spent less than 30 minutes listening to a business owner. I then gave him two simple things to do to increase his bottom line profits by $70,000 dollars a year. Then I spent the next two hours talking and re-talking to convince him of its workability.  It was too easy.

What would it be worth to you, how much would you pay to increase your profits by $70,000 dollars this year, next year and the next year? Would you pay $50,000 dollars to make $210,000 in profit? But here is where the offense comes in… if it only would took me 30 to 60 minutes to show you how to increase your profits by that much then you’d be offended by me making so much money with so little “work”.

Do not miss out on opportunities because of their simplicity.

Jeff

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