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Essential?

By Barb Lewis

Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“Only essential businesses may remain open during the pandemic.”


This order/recommendation/directive has changed everyone’s lives in more ways than we can count. We are all struggling to navigate this new reality and to make the best of an extraordinary situation. It should make us all ponder the question, “Just what is essential in my life?”

“Essential” comes from the Latin esse which is the to be verb. The dictionary defines essence as the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something.  Hmmm. The fact that liquor stores and vape shops are allowed to remain open provides quite a different description of “essential” from that of a Christian! If our culture defines such stores as “essential,” we are in trouble!

Anyway, back to thinking about what my own indispensables are. First is my Bible. I have been a Christian for decades and there is a lot of Scripture in my head, but all that knowledge pales in comparison to actually reading God’s Word from His Book. 

Next, I would love to be around our children and grandchildren – and those friends who have family that they usually see daily are really suffering right now – but I’ve grown used to being separated from them by many miles. Still…. 

Then there are some foods I would have to put on the list, as well as intangibles like warmth and walks. And of course my phone and charger and electricity and…. Wait. The reality is that I’m spoiled!  I am very needy, which brings me full circle back to God’s Word. My sufficiency is in Christ. Life really does center around God and family. But He gives me the desires of my heart since He knows I am weak. He is there in the down times, during sleepless nights, when I am afraid, during pity parties, after sinning. He lifts me up:

“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” (Ps. 3:3)

And that is what’s essential.

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