Our cat Bendhi loves the world!
Photo illustration by Tracey Lewis

Sometimes I get razzed about how I don’t have a cell phone. That’s right, you heard me correctly; I do not own a cell phone and as a matter of fact I never have. I know that sounds impossible doesn’t it? In this day and age how can anyone live their life without one? Just a little sarcasm for you; I’m not anti-cell phone I simply have yet to need one.

It isn’t only the cell phone, but I actually never wear a watch either. Some think that is strange too, but I guess I’m one of those people that like to travel light. I don’t wear jewelry, except my wedding ring of course. I’m not into having a bunch of stuff to keep up with. There are some things in the Bible that came to me sort of related to this. What do you think?

As far back as the night before God was to free the Children of Israel he told them to be ready to go. He told them when they ate the Passover lamb they should, “eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover.” I think we too are to be ready to go when the time comes. In the New Testament Jesus said, “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.” Notice these things are not sinful things, things in the house and cloaks, but they are things that we can grow unhealthily attached to, don’t you think?

We are instructed “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The world spoken of here isn’t the world in the sense of the world the bible says God loves, rather it is the “world system.” This is a system of believing and understanding that says we have to have these things or else we aren’t hip or we are out of touch. Remember it isn’t necessarily the things, in and of themselves, that are sin but the love of them. If we find ourselves not able to let go of them we may be falling in love with them. I think this is part of what fasting is all about. It is a way of showing ourselves what is truly most important to us. Anything we can’t live without might raise a red flag. Once our affection is solidly on Christ alone we are then free to enjoy all of these things, but we have to be sure our love isn’t divided between the two. It is one more of those paradoxes we live with; if we can live without something we are then free to have it.

I am a fan of rock music from way back and sometimes I hear some very profound truth in the lyrics. One of those times is a song by the group .38 Special. They have a song called “Hold on loosely” and of course like many other songs this one is about love. The line says, “Hold on loosely but don’t let go if you cling too tightly you’re gonna lose control.” It seems all of life works in this manner doesn’t it? If we could ever just enjoy what life offers without becoming controlling or obsessive we would have freedom, peace and joy to live it. One thing my wife says all the time is “This is not my home; I’m just passing through.” We are here to love God and love others; in the process we can enjoy all life has to offer along the way. I heard a quote once and I will end with it. C.S. Lewis said, “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

Written by Louie


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