Wednesday, August 18

Think on THESE Things

I'm trying to sort out my life.  It's a bit tricky.

I've had interviews this week for two different jobs.  They each have pros and cons.  I haven't been offered either, but am trying to figure out which would be best for us right now.  A complicating factor is that the second interview for one is tomorrow, and the manager for the other asked to have a meeting with me this afternoon to "discuss opportunities."  Not sure how to proceed in the meeting considering I'm not sure if I want the other job, or if it's even an option.

As I think about all of this, this scripture keeps coming to mind.  I'm keeping my Bible open to it on the dining room table to remind me throughout the day as I start to get anxious about what to do.

This is Matthew 6:24-34, from The Message

You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both.

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
 27-29"Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
 30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
 34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Ahhh... "Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.  Don't worry about missing out.  You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met...don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow."

That's what I need to think on.

That, and this, our marriage "theme song"

"All I have needed thy hand has provided."

This has been our reality throughout our marriage!

So, if it's true that "As Thou has been, thou forever will be."  Then we've got nothing to worry about.

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