– Henry David Thoreau
This past Easter season has been a refreshing time for me. God has been stripping away distractions that I thought I needed and replacing them with greater opportunities to know Him and serve him. Too often I have allowed unimportant things to pull me away from the simplicity of loving God and following Christ.
Thoreau penned these famous words as he determined to escape from the draining forces of the world into true living. He retreated into the solitude of the woods, saying “I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Though he missed God in the process, I admire Thoreau’s determination to seek out true life and to live deliberately. Not being driven by every wanton worry and urgent need, but to live with greater focus and purpose. Jesus calls all of us, like Paul, to throw off the non-essentials and to live solely for Him. I think Paul said it best –
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings…” (Philippians 3:10)