“Have I lived enough? Have I loved enough?
Have I considered right action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?”
— Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings
Jesus warned us that one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
So why do we spend our lives working feverishly to accumulate more stuff? So much stuff that we then have to clean out closets and have a yard sale or donate to Good Will. I preach to myself.
Love God. Love others.
Jesus’ teaching was that simple. Putting it into practice is not quite so simple because we are pulled away to other things. Distractions. Cares of life. Being too busy. Selfish interests The craving for physical pleasure and for everything we see. Pride in our achievements and possessions.
Having food and clothing, let me be content. But wait, that is contrary to the American way.
I seek to be content, learning what that looks like day after day. In this present circumstance. Where I am called to walk. In the place I am appointed to serve.
Have I genuinely lived my one precious life to the best of my ability?
Have I faithfully loved those God has given me to love?
Have I been truly grateful for His abundant blessings?
Have I looked for and recognized His grace in and through and over all the hard and easy places?
I’m still working on it. By His grace.