I guess I never really thought about it.  In a recent article I was reading, Frank Jacobs elaborated on the theory of “Mental Map Oversimplification (MMO)” That’s not an actual theory, it’s just a term that Jacobs made up, but that doesn’t make it any less real.  

Jacobs maintains that because maps are so large, we tend to look at them without really seeing them. Some of the realities we discover when we look closer is that 90% of Canadians live within 160 km of the U.S. border. More than 60% of Canadians live south of Seattle, while more than 70% live below the 49th parallel.  Who would have thought?
And even though I didn’t know any of those things for 63 years, it really hasn’t affected my life.

Sometimes, Christians suffer from Mental Bible Oversimplification (I made that up). We find our pet verses in the Bible, focus on those, and never go deeper into the word of God.
Jesus not only taught us to love others, first, he said we were to love God, and loving God means obeying God.  

And when we focus on the grace that God offers and ignore the obedience He requires, it won’t simply affect this life but the life to come.  

Have a great week, and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

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