by Tony Nester

Setting Your Priorities
Tony R. Nester
Matthew 6:25-33

Like a lot of you, our home has a calendar attached by a magnetic clip to our refrigerator door. How about you? It's amazing our much conversation gets generated by that calendar. Do we have all the birthdays and anniversaries listed? How much of my schedule have I put on the calendar? How much of my wife's? What about special events with our children and grandchildren? What about events at the church? What about times we've set up to be with friends?

Inevitably there occurs the mess up that comes when communication breaks down and something important gets left off the calendar. Or when we need to be in two or three places at the same time. You know what its like.

Because life gets so hectic I want to spend this Sunday and next Sunday offering some help in managing our lives. Today I want to talk with you about priorities. Next Sunday I'll talk with you about using our opportunities.

Jesus was very concerned about the priorities we set for our lives. In today's Scripture he identities one of the sure signs that people have mis-managed their lives: worry.
Scripture Text: Matthew 6:25-33
Listen to his words:

(Matthew 6:25-33 NRSV) ""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 cl ...

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