I remember when I would pack for cross country meets in high school that my teammates would give me a hard time about the large bag I carried. I had everything with me for any weather, including multiple pairs of shoes and all sorts of stuff I never ever used.
Sometimes I feel like I lived my life that way, carrying stuff around that I never use. Over the last several years I have attempted to become more and more of a minimalist when it comes to stuff. Just carrying what I need and what is smart to have. Sometimes I still carry a big bag of stuff, but now I call it being prepared!!
Seriously, I’ve shedded all sorts of stuff both physical, emotional and spiritual. I’ve worked hard to get things down to bare bones, to just what is required for the activity at hand, and I’ve learned how to let some stuff go and adapt more than I ever could years ago.
However, there’s one thing I can’t live without.
A few weeks ago, I was I attended a worship service where the song Breathe was on the ‘playlist’. I had forgotten about this song for some reason.
It’s odd I forgot about it. But when I heard the chords start, I was taken back in time. Back to when my children where small. Many nights in those days, after the house would shut down and everyone was asleep I would retreat to my office to work and read and most nights I find myself listening to music and worshiping. This song help shape my heart during those years and helped keep me focused on the important things in life. And more importantly- the one thing I needed.
Over the last few weeks I’ve found myself listening to it again and again.
I can’t help but get stuck on the words ‘this is my daily bread’ and ‘this is the air I breathe’. Despite all the stuff and blessings in my life, the one thing I can’t do without is the Spirit of the Lord and the redemption that comes from the Christ.
I find that I am more and more desperate for those each and every day and that I’m totally lost without it.
Desperate for one thing, and totally lost without it!!!!