Being simple is one of the smartest ways to approach life; it’s also a character God would prefer each one of us possess as we build a relationship with him. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
The term simpleton isn’t used much any more. However, growing up I would hear it occasionally. In fact, I knew a simpleton or two back then, or so I thought. We often characterized folks who conjured simple solutions, dwelt in plain places, wore non-descript clothing, and spoke with few words as simple. Unfortunately, along with these traits frequently went the label of dullness or stupidity. We tend to label people according to degrees of social conformity. If the majority conforms to a style of clothes, manner of speaking, complexity of thought and choice of environment, those who don’t conform open themselves up to labeling. One guy I knew, Dickie, fit that label. His clothes were plain as he seldom wore anything other than a cotton shirt and overalls. He spoke slowly, usually looking down at your feet. His family was poor, living in a small, rented farmhouse that barely accommodated their large family. His solution to most any problem was a smile and a nod. We thought Dickie to be a dullard. However, to be less cruel we just put him in a category of simple.