The Unencumbered Life

I do believe that deep down somewhere in the center of ourselves we long to command our life from a place of radical simplicity. We hunger for a life that’s free of mixed motives and competing desires, we want to act and speak from a single, solitary place, from some subterranean aquifer of strength. The unencumbered life is not isolation and deprivation. It’s singleness and right stewardship. It’s a holy stewardship. The unencumbered life slips through our fingers when we anchor ourselves to some person or thing or idea. As we venture into the practice of detachment, we learn to anchor ourselves to God and slowly but surely we’re opened up to this divine stewardship. This is the unencumbered life, a life that’s free from everything so that it may participate in anything.