Sometimes I think we tend to overcomplicate things. Relationships, projects, work, school and life; we manage to take simple things and over think them. For example, I was talking to a friend a couple of months ago. He was telling me about how he was so done with the relationship he was in. He was dating an awesome, beautiful girl who is in love with God. There were some issues there that needed work, but he wasn’t in open to that.
I tell you that story, not because I’m an expert in relationships, to be honest, I’ve screwed up my fair share. But my buddy had this list of things that had been bothering him for months. He had been playing out conversations and scenarios in his head, and he already knew how it would all go down. The problem was that is he never once mentioned anything to her. He just assumed he knew how she would react. By the time he talked to her, the relationship, at least in his heart, had already ended. He overcomplicated the situation.
I think we do the same thing with God. We “know” how He is going to react to us or how He “views” us. Maybe we think we don’t have our wording just right. Maybe it’s just been so long since we talked to Him, we don’t even know where to begin. We overcomplicate our view of what a relationship with God is. When the truth is, God just wants us to invite Him to be part of our lives. “Lord, I’m doing chores around the house, join me. Lord, I’m playing with the kids today, would you come? Lord, what are you seeing in their hearts that I’m not?”
It’s amazing how that simple invitation can change our lives. When we invite God to be part of our everyday, we become more familiar with Him. In becoming familiar with Him, we begin to recognize His voice. And when we recognize His voice, our lives change, because we’ve entered into a relationship with Him.
Yesterday, I was leaving to go get ready for a Confirmation Luncheon. Jay, my son, looked at me and asked where I was going. When I told him, he said he would pray for me. Curious whether or not a 2 ½ year old know anything about prayer, I asked, “What will you say?” He looked at me without hesitation and responded, “God, I loves you!” And there you have it. Prayer isn’t that complicated. It’s a relationship of love shared between two people.
Let’s start telling God how much we “loves” Him.