February 22, 2008
You Can Add a Day
by Fred Alberti, Crosswalk.com Manager of Communities
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
I've done it. I've not only added an extra hour but I've added a whole 24 of them. An entire day!
Ok, maybe not. But we do add an extra day to our lives this year when we celebrate leap day on February 29. I say celebrate because that is my sister's birthday. Yep, my little sis is going to celebrate her 9th birthday.
Let's get back to our passage and the real topic for today… Worry!
We are so very prone to worry. We worry about everything imaginable. Big things: Will I get that promotion? Will I have enough? More trivial things: Will the wife make dinner on time? Will the kids remember to complete their math assignments and grade their quizzes? Does this shirt match these pants? Will anyone notice the coffee stain on my pant leg?
We worry. But what did Jesus command us to do?
Uh right… do not worry. Worrying doesn't do anything for you. Jesus took it a bit further. He drew our attention to the ravens and how they don't sow or reap yet are still fed.
Who feeds them?
Notice this next part. If making sure the ravens were fed were a video game, Jesus rated it as the lowest of levels. For God feeding the ravens doesn't even rate as the beginner level in this video game of life.
Jesus says, "Look, you can't even handle this training level task so why worry about anything else. Don't sweat it because If God cares this much for a bird think of just how much He cares for you."
What in life is worrying you today? Just because you get to add a day to your year doesn't mean you should squander it with worry.
What will you do with your extra day?
Intersecting Faith & Life: Take an apple or a pine cone and smear it with peanut butter and then roll it in bird seed. Put it out for the birds and watch them eat it while you consider how God has taken care of you.