Sunday, September 18, 2011


I have 2 very active grandsons. They like the water. My budget affords a $9.99 pool from Wal-Mart. Accessories are few as you might guess. I empty the pool by collapsing the side by standing on it and letting the water flow over my bear feet.

Wow, did you see those toenails? They look like they came off a bear or a tiger. My fingernails get weekly attention (Friday mornings without fail.) Toenails have to scream to get my attention. They got it. It cut them. Thank God for shoes!

It is so easy to favor the things that get our attention every day and ignore those that do not clamor for our attention. Too often, I attend to the urgent while saving little time for the important.

Jesus never lost sight of the important, God's Kingdom work, even when pressed with the urgent.

Stop and write down what's important to you. Return to it often. Don't let the urgent steal all the attention. It will if we let it.

   25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
   28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.   Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

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