What Things Do You Really Need?

 

 

What if your belongings aren’t who you are?

What if…

  • your books
  • your photo albums
  • your clothes
  • the activities on your calendar
  • your friends
  • your email list
  • your phone
  • any of the things in piles around you waiting to be put away…

don’t define you?

What if the only things you truly need are the things that sustain you: food, water, sleep, movement, God?

What if all the extras, all the fancy, are not only unnecessary, but detrimental?

What if the decisions we make each day are irrelevant?

  • What to eat.
  • Which show to watch
  • Which book to read first.

All the paperwork we fill out and all the items on our to-do list — what if these were unnecessary to our existence?

Because they are. All of them.

If all of these things were wiped out, you would still be you — a living, breathing organism that needs only a few things to sustain you. Food. Water. Sleep. Movement. God.

Why do we spend most of our time and energy doing the items on our to-do list that detract from the only things we truly need to sustain us?

  • We don’t have the energy to eat nutritious food.
  • There’s too much to do to get adequate rest.
  • Taking a walk is too much effort.
  • We can’t be close to God unless we regularly attend church, bring homemade baked goods for the women’s Bible study, or learn to read the Scriptures in Greek.  

I’m not about to don camel’s hair, eat locusts, and live as a hippie in the wilderness. I still feel the pull of my to-do list, of what to wear, of my many bookshelves.

But I wish I had enough faith to do that.

Not today, let’s be clear. I have too many things I want to do today.

But I’m gonna sit with (er, walk with) that today.

What if your belongings aren’t who you are?

What if the only things you truly need are the things that sustain you: food, water, sleep, movement, God?

Heavenly Father, help us recognize who we truly are. Lead us to prioritize only the things that sustain us, recognizing that the activities we add to our calendar and the items we add to our closets aren’t what define us or give us life. May we grow in faith to trust that you provide all we need. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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