To live content with small means,
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich,
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully,
do all bravely,
hurry never –
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.
~William Ellery Channing
10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers[a] throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more.
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. (I Thessalonians 4:10-12 NLT)
6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Paul’s Final Instructions
11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. (I Timothy 6:6-12 NLT)
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)
How does one live Eternally…on earth? I am on a journey to discover it…to live it! I hope all my friends and/or readers will dive into this with me!
For starters I am beginning to understand what Frodo, in The Lord of the Rings, did-“the quest will claim (my) life”. And frankly, I’m more than game! 28 + years is more than enough time to realize this world is NOT my fate…it is not the beginning and the end! We were not created for this earth alone…we are not temporary! Therefore, dear friends, we must learn how to not live temporary lives!
Today’s poem and scriptures ground me. They put my focus on Him. They keep my “heart set on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” and my “mind on heavenly things not on earthly things!” (Colossians 3) One needs to know where they’re headed before they should begin! I’m not just headed to the store or to someone’s house or to the Church Building. Every step taken is to take me closer to Him and His purposes. So when I “go”, I go with Him and His mission! (Matthew 28) First, I must lay aside everything that hinders…every facade, every mask, every distraction, every sin, every dream, every…thing! (And do realize, this is not about what I am giving up…it’s so much more about what I’m preparing my life to embrace!)
So this week, I will purpose to be still…and know Him…have Him search me and know me and reveal any wayward way in me…and then present my body as a living sacrifice and worship to Him. I will ask Him to help me see…and have the scales fall from my eyes. I will look intently in His face, and let the things of this world grow strangely (and wonderfully) dim as I walk in His glory and grace!
The journey has begun. The time is now, but not just now…for all eternity!