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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Give us this day...

Our daily bread.

This is a concept I have been trying to live by in different areas of my life for the past several months. In some, I have been successful, and in others, well... not so much.

I think the world we have lived in for many years now is one that has greatly encouraged excess. Not just in the types of luxury items we all buy, but also with the variety of choices available and the concept of being prepared for any and every circumstance, emergency, celebration, or possible need by stocking our cupboards and shelves, basements and attics until we need to buy a bigger house because there is no room left to live.

I am guilty too.

I like to have a full pantry. I am a pack rat. I might need **whatever it is** someday.

Someday. Whatever happened to today?

The world is changing, though. Look around the next time you go to the grocery store. When was the last time you saw a full cart in the average person's hands?

Could it be that the society we have brought upon ourselves will force us back to a point where we have to rely on God to provide for us each and every day? He promises to do just that, but we have ignored Him, relying on ourselves to pursue so-called happiness.

Is it working for you?

Think about it...
"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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 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, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own... (Matthew 6:25-34)
Living in His JOY, HOPE, and PEACE...

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