Nov 22 Thanksgiving “Don’t Worry or Fear, Give Thanks for God is Faithful” BRUMC Matt 6.23-33

Matthew 6:25-33

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Give thanks to God…

A parent at a very affluent parent’s meeting:

“I’m Thankful for my Jaguar and our of living.”

James the homeless crack-addict sleeping in basement:

“I am thankful for warm sleeping bag on a rainy night.

Don’t be anxious about clothes and food?

Don’t be anxious about food and clothes…

We are called to look at the birds and the flowers.

So when you open an empty box at Christmas morning,

I suppose the text means we are wear the clothes God has given us!?

Christmas Shopping Forecast projects sales will be slow.

An interesting balance: most profits will be made for retailers

Between Thanksgiving and Dec. 10th . Because retailers have less

Credit, they have less inventory, and those that do will compete with

Retailers who start sell off after the 10th competing with each other.

As for Clothes… it might not be the year to expect clothes from

Abercrombe, Gap and Aropostal instead the brands carried at

Sears, Penny’s, Target, Cosco and Walmart are to be expected.

And even in this economic crunch time, Grocery stories and pharmacy retail are expected to be leaders.

We are going to eat our worries away instead of shop them..

Imaging Christmas festivities without the food celebrations:

Instead of eating a parties and dinners, spend the occasion:

Singing, storytelling, small group conversation and listening.

Instead of ugly ties, sweater that are too tight, and must have shirts

That will only be worn three times or a third pair of house shoes: what

If we shared our talents and skills. Coupons for service and labor,

How much energy goes into planning and preparing for our celebrations, much less our everyday…

What’s for dinner? What should I wear? Does this make me look fat?

How many points do I have left? How much water have I had today?

We all worry about these things..

Worry, Anxious, Focus, Attention..

How much time is used to do the basics ?? See CHART

What if we took the 1% prayer 1% care for others

Dipped into the eating, shopping, working, traveling, TV/Movies

And worried less about physical needs and invested

In our spiritual needs.. gentiles get the first part..

Thankful… first three, family, home, country… then the next three:

NYT 1000s at 12:10p average date
Eating 17
Shopping 4
Working 24
Care for others 2
House Activities 12
Traveling 8
Education 1
Other 2
Couldn’t Remember 1
Praying 2
Sports 1
Phone 9
Volunteering 3
Computer 1
TV/Movies 2
Socializing 1
Personal Care 4
Other Leisure 3
Thinking / Resting 3
Sleeping 100

Put God First, day by day and you can give thanks for God is ALL things.

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