Posted by: cmittermeier | August 5, 2011

Seek Ye First

My favourite quote from the bible is a passage in Matthew – specifically Matthew 6:33 – but really the whole passage is great.  Here is Matthew 6:25-34.

“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 clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.

I found it yesterday after talking briefly with my husband about the future of his work situation.  On Wednesday there was an announcement that his branch will loose roughly one tenth of the jobs, around 750.  There is a natural attrition each year of about 500, so its more a big restructuring and shuffle game so that those who stay will be in a different roles.  The official letters will go out August 15th, but with everything that has been happening I asked him if he had been preparing for it.  He said he wanted to wait and see before presuming, I went to the chapel.  I opened my bible and that was the passage that it opened up to and the last verse, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. ” jumped out at me… my husband was right to wait.

This whole summer I have been actively living my faith, I have been an instrument of Christ’s will.  Now, as one issue settles into a routine, my husband’s work issues will start to take centre stage for a while.  In both things I must put God first.  I won’t turn first to food, or other sensual comforts like shopping, I will have to learn to take it all to prayer.

Just as I did in the early weeks of July, I will make sacrifices.  In doing so, I lost weight.  So too again, in making sacrifices many things will be gained.  We will eat out less, and save not just the money but the calories.  We will learn to embrace lady poverty, and in doing so will be able to save.  We will spend more time together and grow closer as a family.  I will support my husband… but I am getting ahead of myself, planning for tomorrow’s worries and not focusing on today.  I am a slow learner!

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