Seek Him Like You Seek Oxygen

How long can you hold your breath? Go ahead and time yourself…I’ll wait.

30 seconds?
60 seconds?

I was bug-eyed at 30 seconds with my chest feeling tight and heavy…almost as if someone was sitting on me.

What do you need?

It’s a pretty simple concept. You need oxygen. Period.

Let’s look at some other simple needs:

Life becomes convoluted when we mix up the simple needs with complicated wants.

Are you looking to simplify your life?

What do you need?

I’m betting in the context of living in the United States in 2018 your needs are pretty much met.

But are they?

Why is it that most of us are running around like crazy people?

I bet if I asked ten of you “is your life simple?”, nine of you would probably reply no. You might not come out with a simple no; you’d have reasons (ahem justifications) why your life was as complicated as it was but for sure you wouldn’t say “Hell yeah my life is simple.”

We thrive in the rush of the chaotic. If our lives are simple we must not have important things to do. Click To Tweet

I think we’ve become addicted to busy. Simple feels…well simple…as in “not enough.” We thrive in the rush of the chaotic. If our lives are simple we must not have important things to do. And then there’s the fear of going deeper. Seeking simplicity in our schedules forces us to confront our finitude:

The antidote to the busyness of soul is not sloth and indifference. The antidote is rest, rhythm, death to pride, acceptance of our own finitude, and trust in the providence of God. – Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

And that…trust in the providence of God …is where the answer to “what do you need” is the most critical.

How much simpler would our lives be if we sought Him like we seek our next breath? That crazed lifestyle that makes it feel like someone is sitting on your chest replaced with a deep cleansing breath of the Holy Spirit?

It’s Five Minute Friday… five minutes of uninterrupted writing…no editing. No overthinking. Just write! The exercise of writing for just five minutes is to help build a writing discipline and I thank you for tagging along as I work on my writing craft! You can learn more about and join the FMF writing challenge at

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

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