by J. Gerald Harris

A Recipe for Living
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Matthew 6:33

Several years ago I went to a book sale. And I found this book by Paul Dixon entitled "The Official Explanations." And on the front cover it said this: "The all new annotated, illustrated, and even more definitive collection of laws, principles, and instructions for getting along in the real world."

Well, that attracted by attention. And since it was only a dollar, I decided to buy the book. It is a book that is full of laws and maxims and recipes and principles and rules for living.

Of course, you are all familiar with Murphy's Law: "If anything can go wrong, it will." But are you familiar with Rosenbaum's Rule: "The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement." And then, of course, there is Rabb's Rule of the Bathroom: "The spouse who snores louder always falls asleep first." And then, of course, there is Ballweg's Discovery: "Whenever there is a flat surface someone will find something to put on it."

I really enjoyed Vogel's Rules: (1) Nothing gives more satisfaction than telling a hypochondriac how well he is looking. (2) The length of a minute depends on which side of the bathroom door you're on. (3) To shorten the winter, borrow some money due in the spring. (4) The wrong number on the telephone is never busy. (5) You will never lock your keys in the car at home.

And then, of course, there is Harris' Law - a law attributed to syndicated columnist Sidney J. Harris, who said, "If a thing isn't worth doing, it isn't worth doing well."

And then, of course, there was Heifetz's Law. Jascha Heifetz said, "No matter what you believe, you always find some people on your side that you wish were on the other side."

Well, those are laws, or principles, or maxims for living. But this morning I want to talk to you about a recipe for living. And we're going to look in Matthew, chapter 6, for this recipe.

Beginning in verse 25, Jesus warns us against thinking too ...

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