We just got back from East Texas (#happyplace). We have some new friends there that allowed us to stay in a cabin on their private lake and to say we were blessed would be an understatement.

We were busy while we were behind the “pine cone curtain,” but in the mornings the Blonde and I were able to drink our coffee, check out God’s Word and prayer together on a dock while fish nipped at our feet in the warm lake water. There were televisions in the cabin, and we had cell and internet service, but we didn’t access them - why would we?

We got back to home to our 1958 Beaver Cleaver house that we love so much, and I told Jennifer we really don’t need any of this stuff in our house, we didn’t miss it while hanging out on those red dirt roads. Social media, news apps, boxes of grandpa’s Amber Ware dishes that have remained unpacked since our last move are nothing but distractions that keep me more attached to the secular rather than the spiritual.

I’ve been reading about two sisters named Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was distracted by many things, but there was only one thing that was needed and important.

My point is we can live without the things that we think are important and too much a part of our everyday lives if we will be intentional and choose to “throw off everything that hinders and … so easily entangles." So that we can "... run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).” Did someone say garage sale?

He told me to tell you that.


Ken Ansell currently serves as a pastor and local missionary in small, rural Texas community. He plays lots of tennis and fly fishes when he can. He can be reached at kenansell1@gmail.com