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Tuesday Thoughts 2-7-17

Funny how expectations can be so quickly changed.  Today I was prepared to write about something specific from my morning New Testament reading, and then, my wife, Diana, and I had our devotions together.  So now this week’s Tuesday Thoughts will be mostly scripture with just a tiny nudge from me (God has all the best ideas anyway, right?).   This will be a familiar passage to many but will be in a version most of us do not spend a lot of time reading; The Message.  Its homey way of putting things reaches out and grabs you.  Here’s my little nudge.  Take time to read this over several times as slowly and deliberately as you can.  Pay particular attention to the first sentence.  Have you decided for God or not?  Now pay particular attention to the last sentence.  Does it describe your life?  Do you want it to?  Finally, what will you do regarding the first and last sentences?  Hint – what’s in between those two can help spell it out.  Ask God, make a list, share it with a friend, let me know too!  Have a fulfilling Tuesday!

25-26 “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.” Matthew 6:25-34The Message (MSG)                                                                                                                 – Pastor John

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