The Kingdom of Heaven: No Worries

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-33, NKJV

It’s been quite a while since my last installment in this series through the Sermon on the Mount, but during the interim I have been referring myself back to this passage a lot!

I’m in the middle of a big project at work, and as our initial deadline has been looming closer and closer, I keep telling myself: “Do not worry about tomorrow.” “Just breathe.” “Take it on step at a time.” “Just focus on today.”

And I gotta say, Jesus was right – “sufficient for the day is its own trouble!” 😉

So as I’ve been meditating on this passage and jotting down notes over the past several weeks, I’ve come up with two non-exhaustive lists to share: 7 Pitfalls of Worry, and 3 Ways to Combat Worry. Continue reading

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Liebster Award!

Announcement: I was nominated by CowboyClayt from https://skippingadolescence.wordpress.com for the Liebster Award!

First off, you should check out Clayton’s Skipping Adolescence blog. I stumbled across it a few weeks back and was immediately impressed to see a young man writing so seriously about his faith, and I’m sure you’ll be encouraged by his posts as well.

Secondly, most of you are probably wondering what this Liebster Award is all about. Basically, it’s an award that bloggers give to other bloggers, and it helps us all spread the word about our blogs – and helps our readers to know more about us. There’s other awards out there, but this is the first one I’ve ever received, so yay! Thanks, Clayton!

So now I have to answer his 11 questions: Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: One Master

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

(Matt. 6:24, NKJV)

When I was still in college, I learned about different management principles and structures. The two main structures are the “hierarchical structure” and the “flat structure.”

In a hierarchical structure, the varying levels of authority in an organization are clear-cut; each employee reports to a single supervisor.

On the other hand, in a flat structure, the hierarchy of authority is not as clearly defined, and an employee can have multiple “bosses”. While it seems that modern companies are trying to move more and more toward a flatter structure, the danger is an increased propensity for conflict. As one author put it, Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: Having a Good Eye

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

(Matthew 6:22-23, NKJV)

I never really gave this passage much thought until I was preparing to write this post. And then I found that it stumped me a little.

Matthew seems to randomly sandwich these two verses right in between two sections talking about riches. How does having a good or bad eye fit into the flow of the chapter? Does it fit at all? And what does the eye symbolize, if anything?

In times past, I had usually read it as a sort of “Oh be careful, little eye, what you see” passage and assumed it was a warning to not do things like watch immoral movies or look at pornography, because you will be negatively affected by doing so. And I would move on to the next part of the chapter without giving it much more thought than that.

But while that would certainly be a true warning, I don’t think that’s what these verses are about. Continue reading