Today, I am grateful for the reminder to keep things simple. Recently, I made the decision to make my life more efficient (or so I thought) by upgrading my internet service. I thought that having a faster internet connection would make life easier overall, and after more than a decade with the same modem, I figured that it was time for a change.

The new system came in the mail a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason, I resisted opening it. Finally, I opened the package, followed the instructions, prepared to be amazed by my new lightning-fast internet connection.

Instead, what I encountered was no internet connection at all, no telephone service (since I use voice over internet protocol – VoIP – for my calls), and after about thirty minutes of on the telephone with a repair technician ISP’s support center, I felt extremely frustrated. Sadly, he couldn’t determine what the issue was, and decided that a technician needed to come to my residence to sort out the problem in person. Accordingly, we scheduled an appointment.

Later that day, I decided to disconnect everything, and go back to how things were before I introduced the new system. To my tremendous relief and amazement, my twelve-year-old modem sprang to life and my telephone service was functioning as usual once again.

I decided to give the new system one more try, and – following the instructions to the letter – discovered again it simply did not work.

When I reflected upon how much time, energy, and frustration I had wasted on my new and innovative modem, I realized that sometimes, the simple and familiar things are best. So, I decided to stick with my old system (it may not be lightning fast, but it is reliable!), and to cancel my new service. At this time in my life, it just isn’t worth the headache.

The relief that I felt was palpable! For me – and in this particular area of my life – simplicity is best. After all, what’s the point of having the latest technology if it doesn’t do what i need it to, and it causes me added stress in the bargain?

So here’s my prayer for today: Lord Jesus, thank You for the important reminder that at this point in my life, I need to focus on keeping things simple and relatively uncomplicated. Help me to remember that new isn’t always better (although may sometimes be the case), but to also bear in mind that new isn’t necessarily bad or wrong, either. What a privilege that I am able to deal with such comparatively small “problems” as slow internet speeds and VoiP connections, compared to the burdens that many others carry on a daily basis! Remind me to keep the important things in life in perspective – my family, my health, food, and shelter, among others – and not to let relatively petty things absorb so much of my time and energy. When I feel myself getting irritated over something petty or needlessly complicated, remind me that I have a choice to direct my attention and energy somewhere else. Thank You for loving me no matter what. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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