The acronym Keep It Simple Stupid, aka KISS was coined by Kelly Johnson who was a lead engineer at Lockheed Skunk Works at the time. Yet, this phrase also became a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. This naval principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. As a new year begins, why not apply the same strategy to life in 2022.
Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous and distribute and contribute to the needy [of the church [k]as embodiment and proof of fellowship], for such sacrifices are pleasing to God, Hebrews 13:16.
Based upon the passage above, first century Christians began to make following Jesus much more complicated. Several religious sects like the Judaizers began to add additional stipulations to becoming saved. Subsequently, some Jewish Christians became so obsessed with following the traditions of the Old Testament that they forgot the golden rule which is to love yourself neighbors as yourself, Mark 12:31.
Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. 3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace, Ephesians 4:2-3.
No matter how hard you try, everyone fails to love at some point in their lives. Based upon the words of Matthew 16:24-27, even Jesus’ disciples needed to be reminded to keep it simple. Rule number one is to deny yourself by becoming a servant of God in 2022. The second rule is based upon taking up the burdens of others like Jesus did for you and me. Finally, follow Jesus in 2022 by keep in step with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25, our spiritual advisor and guide for life, 2 Peter 1:3-4.
by Jay Mankus