Chappy’s corner: Keep It Short & Simple!

A little boy asked his father, “Dad what is S E X?”  The father looked at his little 3rd grader and thought well I guess this is as good of time as any to talk about the birds and the bees. So he began to explain it. When he was done he said, “Do you have any questions?”  The little fellow said, “Yeah Dad I don’t know why you told me all that stuff, all I needed to know is do I check M or F where it says Sex on this form from the school.”

Like that Dad many of us are guilty of giving more information than people want.  A short simple answer is often all they need.  Going on and on and on is not always necessary.  As one church member stated, “all I wanted was to know what time it was. I didn’t need to know how a clock works” Advertisement firms are great at coming up with short statements.  Nike made big bucks with “just do it!”

Keeping it short and simple is a challenge for many.  In the military they use acronyms like SOP, MOS, and ASAP… but if you don’t know what those stand for, then it means nothing.  The secret is to know when to give enough information and when to keep it short and simple.

When Jesus walked this earth there were times he preached for a long period of time, but at other times he kept it short and simple. For example Jesus once said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!” John 3:16.  This verse is often referred to as the Gospel in a nutshell because it sums up the whole message of God’s word in one simple statement. 

Many preachers could learn from Jesus. For example, one pastor went into the pulpit to preach when he saw his wife blow him a kiss.  Later after the service he told his wife, “thanks for the romantic gesture, but why did you choose to blow me a kiss as I entered the pulpit?” His wife replied, “It wasn’t a romantic gesture. It was to remind you to Keep It Short & Simple!”


Those are just my thoughts from this SE Corner of South Dakota!

CH (LTC) David Gunderson