This past week has been an average week.

We’ve had some nice weather and some cruddy weather.

The Chiefs and Sporting KC lost…and the Royals aren’t playing.

We’ve had some ups and downs at home. One out of five kids is sick…not the worst ratio but not the best either. We have had a few extra expenses but we’ve also had the money to cover them. I have been able to keep the lawn mowed and weeds pulled but there is still a list of things to work on around the house.

Things at New Life are also humming along. We have some people struggling with health issues, others looking for work and trying to mend relationships. We have others who are feeling great and living near their peak.

I must say that in spite of the particular averageness (is that a word) of the week, I have felt great and have enjoyed some pretty incredible times.

As a family, we have enjoyed meals around the table and shared plenty of laughs, gasps, and stories. We’ve helped each other around the house and with projects. We have appreciated life together.

At church, we have also shared some great times. Simple projects completed around the building. Great conversations over lunch and coffee. Meetings where we have accomplished planning for the future.

Now it’s off to the men’s retreat. It will be cold, but I know it will be a great time growing closer to my brothers in Christ.

Seems simple. Manageable. Fulfilled.

So why would the Apostle Peter have to write to a group of Christians in the first century and tell them to not forget they are sojourners and to be honorable in their conduct so others see our good deeds?

You will need to come on Sunday to hear Pastor Dave for the full answer from 1 Peter 2:11-12. However, for starters, the reason Peter wrote this two thousand years ago and the reason we need to hear it today is that too often we trade a fulfilled life for a life that lusts and covets after what we cannot and should not have. We miss simplicity because we are running after greatness…in our own estimation.

Simple may not be flashy but it’s often best. Most importantly, it’s not about us anyway.