After taking nearly a decade off from going to church, my wife and I have started to go again. What has brought me back was reading people like Joseph Campbell and listening to Jordan Peterson’s psychology the bible lectures. Both men approach the bible as mythical stories designed to pass down hard-earned lessons, rather than historical facts. This approach works well for me, plus going back to church means I’m disconnecting from the day-to-day hum for an hour and get to meditate on ideas in a grandiose place.
The pastor shared one of my favorite passages that I have come across since I’ve revisited the bible, which I wanted to share with you all today:
“25 Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
There is a lot to worry about. It can be crippling. Best to do our best today, to live in a way we would be proud of. Sufficient unto today.
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