Time to Simplify
I recently read an article by a company that promotes multi-channel marketing. Perhaps you’ve heard of the plan: use email blasts, Tweets, Instagram, Facebook, and might as well add robocalls to reach prospects and clients. The company says that consumers are flooded with 3,000 to 3,500 marketing messages each day. No fooling!

On the other end of the spectrum we hear in an old John Prine song that we should “Blow up your TV, throw away your paper, go to the country, build you a home.” Somewhere in between is probably where we want to be. But how do we get there? One the of the better suggestions I’ve heard is to simplify.

It begins with a self-inventory of your “stuff” and a self-assessment of how you define yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This could turn out to be a big project! But this journey will be worthwhile and it may allow you to focus on a few core values.

At OSL, we have identified five core values: worship, service, learning, community, and generosity. You won’t be surprised to discover that you have similar values. These same values led to the formation of the OSLC Foundation. If you are willing to spare an hour or so, I’d appreciate the opportunity to visit and discuss those values with you—contact me at joien@sio.midco.net. We may find ways for you to simplify and benefit your church community at the same time. We’ll keep it simple!