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Paul was a man with a single motive: “This one thing I do.” I think at times Paul must have been difficult to live with. I think at times he might have been somewhat insensitive to his companions.
It is obvious that when John Mark (the young man who started out with Paul and Barnabas) chickened out, Paul’s attitude at the time was not very charitable. It encourages me to know that many years later Paul said, “Bring John Mark with you, he is useful to the ministry.” I believe it is to the credit of Barnabas that he didn’t abandon John Mark.
So, I am not saying that the process is without its problems. I think any man with strong convictions is liable sometimes to walk over the toes of the people around him. But, nevertheless, I respect Paul’s determination: “This one thing I do.”
When Ruth and I have some decision to make, the moment it starts to get complicated as we are talking it over, I say, “I don’t feel good about this.” I have a little saying which came from Corrie ten Boom: “K-I-S-S: Keep It Simple, Stupid.” That is really one of my motivating determinations.
I don’t want the issues to become so complicated that I can’t see what the will of God is. I believe in that kind of simplicity.