Living Off The Grid

J. D. Conley
April 12, 2015

Beginning last Saturday night through last Friday night, while staying in Wileyville, WV, for my Gospel meeting, Denise and I experienced what is called, "living off the grid." O we still had electricity, water and gas, even satellite TV, so we were not completely off the grid. But there was no cell phone service or internet connection in that tiny mountain hamlet. As a result we received no phone calls, no text messages, and had no access to facebook. Our so-called smart phone was essentially rendered useless, except for telling the time. Even debit cards were obsolete, the merchants required either cash or check for services rendered. So in several ways it was like stepping thirty years back in time. Some might have found this to be an inconvenience, but we found it somewhat -refreshing and relaxing. It gave us more time to think and reflect, read and visit. It took us back to a simpler way of life, less cluttered, less taxing, and less hectic.

Living off the grid so to speak, provided time and opportunity to concentrate more precisely on the real important things of life. The apostle Paul writes: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you" (Phi.4:8-9). Worshipping with God's people each night in a peaceful country setting was conducive to thinking in these ways and enjoying the peace that came as a result. The slower pace also permitted a deeper appreciation for Paul's words to Titus, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12).

Paul admonishes even "in this present world" we are to live godly lives. Even in this world of high tech gadgets, that compete for our time and energy, we should be careful to devote ourselves to living holy lives. So whether we are "off the grid" or on, God's children are called upon to live righteous lives upon this earth. Regardless of where we find ourselves in town or country, be sure to live as God would have us to live, "in this present world."