Finding a different rhythm

I recently read this quote, which caused me to think about how I live my life. It is from Henry David Thoreau:

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thorea

Upon reflecting on this quote, I was prompted by the following questions:

  • When people look at my life, do they see me moving to a different rhythm?
  • Does my life look different than the world around me?
  • Am I striving to succeed and keep pace with those around me, or am I moving according to the rhythms of the Holy Spirit?

What this quote so quickly reminded me of was how easily it is to slip into the rhythms of the world. But, as Christians, we are called to follow a different beat. We are called to follow a different drummer. We are called to live, love, and look different. We are called to be radical anomalies in the world – people who draw attention toward Christ.

So, that’s my question for you: How is your life different from the rhythm of this world? That’s what I’m contemplating today, and I want to encourage you to do so as well.

2 comments on “Finding a different rhythm

  1. Jeff Davison on

    I recommend reading Thoreau’s entire book, Walden. It is a wonderful treatise on living a simple life, apart from the rhythms of the world. Exceptionally worth the time.


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