Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain. Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; give me life in your ways.” vss. 36-37Psalm 119:33-40
Because we carry the divine spark in our genes we have an innate sense of how life shall be lived. Of course, from the time we are toddlers we are also receiving alternative messages from our context and culture. We are regularly encouraged to look to our own needs, build up wealth, and then use our excess on baubles and vanities. And it works! We live in the most prosperous nation the world has ever seen. But regularly people are discovering that such living does not bring satisfaction or serenity. Depression is at all time highs. We’re discovering that Isaiah was right, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” The psalmist certainly would agree, and recommends that we turn away from selfishness and our lust for fleshly delights, and seek the life that was programmed into us from the beginning. Certainly, that’s easier said than done, and some have no concept of what that life might be like. We have to be taught the ways of the Lord, and sometimes it takes years to discover our inner truth. But as we continue searching we’d be well advised to pay attention to teachers along the way, folks who seem to have figured life out—they’re easily spotted. They’ll be living simply, not worrying about tomorrow, and giving full attention to the joys of today.
Thought for the Day: What is it like to live simply?