Our lives are packed with sounds, sights, duties and desires. If you are like me, each day ends with a sense that something didn’t get done. That something may be accomplished tomorrow, pushed off into next week or forgotten forever.
Besides this, the media is shouting at us to focus on the priorities of the current culture. As we consider, we are barraged with more noise. With all the racket, it’s often easier to escape into our own world of Pinterest or gaming or…?
Have you ever wondered:
- “Why do I feel like I’m busy all the time, pulled in ten different directions, but I still feel guilty that I’m not getting enough done?”
- “What is the central, most important thing that I must do?”
- “Why do I feel empty?”
- “What is the quintessence* of life?”
I stayed home from church today– on purpose. At my request, my family left me in an empty house (this is rare) so I could rest and think. I picked up a Bible and found myself reading these verses:
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2b
Which made me look up a similar passage:
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Reading these verses reminded me to focus on some quintessential essentials:
- Be humble before God and others.
- Be contrite in spirit, seeking forgiveness and giving grace to others.
- Read God’s word and just do it.
- Let God judge people’s hearts and motives, He doesn’t need my help with this.
- Be kind, especially when it doesn’t feel natural.
- And one more time: Be humble before God and others.
If you are a Bible believer and Christ follower, it is easy to get encumbered by extras. We forget the basics about love and being like Jesus because we clutter it up with fancy works and human additives. We add unnecessary fluff to faith-living, borrowing stuff from others because it looks good on them.
If you are not a Christ-follower, it’s possible that you feel pulled here and there by good things but are not really sure what is the best thing.
Nobody can do even the basic things above by their own grit — for long. And doing the things mentioned above don’t make me a Christian, don’t save me and don’t get me to heaven. Only through God’s saving, enabling, restoring power can I do anything spiritually worthwhile.
Tomorrow, I will still wake up and make breakfast. I will teach school, check off my to-do list and meet family needs. But it helps to have these words fresh in my heart, reminding me to stay focused on things that matter to God. It’s a reminder to always return to the quintessence of life by searching for it regularly in God’s Word.
Word Prompt of the Day: Quintessence
*Quintessence: the refined essence or extract of a substance.
© Lisa M. Luciano