Matthew 6:24-34 Children can follow along in Shine On page 200 and Spark page 276.
24 ‘No one can serve two masters … 34 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
In today’s world it is quite common to have a number of things going at once. From school age on up we are expected to juggle multiple classes along with multiple homework assignments. Then there is college and the syllabi shock at the beginning of each semester. After graduation it is on to a job or volunteer assignment. Balancing job demands with the demands of daily living, and family needs and relationships. As adults we continue the frenzy of work demands, family needs, church participation, boards that want our wisdom and skills and the local volunteering in the community. How do we keep our sanity in a hectic paced world?
I believe the clue lies in the first and last verses of our text today. Despite what is expected about multitasking, do we truly do multiple things concurrently? Scientists say, “Humans don't do lots of things simultaneously. Instead, we switch our attention from task to task extremely quickly.” Serving two masters can be the demands we put on ourselves to be doing two things as once. And then there are the awful feelings that can follow if we feel like we have failed in what was expected either from ourselves or from our supervisors. This is not to say we can’t have more than one pan on the stove so to speak. But understanding how our brain functions can help us to be focused in the moment.
And we all know how life demands leads us down the path of worrying. Our satisfaction with life will increase if we can learn to not worry. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Now this does not eliminate planning. Have you ever waited until the last minute to pack a suitcase for a long trip? Undoubtedly, you will miss something you needed.
I believe the invitation today is to be present in the moment. Give the person you are talking to eye contact. Stop typing on your keyboard if someone is talking to you and look up at them. Being present moment by moment takes practice, but can lead to a more satisfying existence.
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