The TV show Seinfeld pointed out interesting little quirks about the mundane parts of our lives - in fact, that was it's purpose statement: be a show about nothing! One of those was about how to look busy. Check out this brief clip in which George Costanza explains his technique.
Why does this fool people into thinking you're really busy? I think it's because our society has embraced stress as one of the signs of a truly successful and productive person. The belief is that stress (and all of the things that go along with it: irritability, ulcers, overly-busy schedules, etc.) is the sign that someone is working really hard and accomplishing big things.
Now there's nothing wrong with working hard and striving to be successful in life, but stress is not something that God intended for us to have dominate our lives. Even in those instances in which the stress originates from things outside of our control (financial troubles, illness), it does not have to overwhelm us with anxiety.
In our next passage from Paul's letter to the Jesus-followers in the Greek city of Philippi, he tells his friends, "Don't be anxious about anything." What? How can anyone follow those instructions? Fortunately, Paul goes on to tell us how to let go of anxiety and live in the peace that God desires for us and intends for us to experience. That's what we'll be talking about this Sunday, August 16th. I hope you'll be able to join us!
Church Picnic this Sunday!
I hope you can stick around following Worship this Sunday for a picnic. We will be out in the gazebo. We'll be having burgers and dogs, Barbecue Beans, corn on the cob, drinks, fixings for the sandwiches and ice cream. As you can see there is not much need for anything else so if you have something you would like to share please bring it, but if not come and enjoy the fellowship.
This would also be a great opportunity to invite a friend to church!
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