Overthinking it?

If you’d like to see issues that should be elementary become snarled by overthinking, check out some of the 10 Patents that Make Simple Tasks Crazy Complicated published in 2013 by Popular Mechanics. While items like the Body Squeegee appear to perform as described, these are example of overdrawn solutions to annoyances that could be handled less awkwardly.

Simple matters can become convoluted and puzzling if we are drawn too far away from the real objective. It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the devil’s strategies is to insert ambiguity into areas where there has been clarity. Paul commented:

“I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough” (2 Corinthians 11:1-4 ESV).

Thankfully, in our spiritual lives, Christ offers us a straightforward plan for a better life here and now and the best life in the world to come.