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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)
By Esther Phillips
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Margaret replied, “Oh, if I can just get through this week, everything will be all right.”
“Oh, it sounds like you’re having a tough time this week,” I said “ Do you want to talk about it?”
“You know how it is. These kids are just stressing me out,” she answered.
Maggie and I attended the same church and we had a conversation similar to this one every week for many years. It frequently was about the kids, but sometimes, it was about the teachers, her husband, or something at church.
She was a walking time bomb ready to explode.
Scarlett O’Hara, in” Gone with the Wind” would say, “Oh, I can’t think about that today. I’ll go crazy if I do. I’ll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.” Scarlett did not continue to procrastinate. She plotted ways on the next day to solve her immediate problems.
Sometimes putting things off until tomorrow is a good thing. My mother used to say, “I can’t make that decision right now, I’ll have to sleep on it.” I remember countless times when she got up the next day and proclaimed that she had her answer.”
Jesus talked about worry in Matthew 6:27 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Sometimes we allow ourselves to get so stressed that we cannot function. Once when I was without work, I was so down that I couldn’t pick myself up and look for a job. Our minister told me to choose something that I wanted to do and take one step towards doing that. I decided that painting the inside of my house was something that I had not had time to do, and it was something I would like to do. My first step was to go to a paint store and get the paint. I was amazed at how this one step made me feel better.
After I took that first step, I found that I could take the second step. I applied the “first step” approach to looking for a job, too. By the time the paint was on the walls, I also had another job.
There may be times that we choose to worry because we feel we need to. If we do, we should put a time limit on it and then move on. My friend, Maggie, worried about her current problem until next week. The only problem was that she then took on a whole new set of problems to worry about. Her children are grown now and she doesn’t stay in a constant state of worry now. She has found things that she likes to do and pours her energies into them. Tomorrow isn’t a constant grind of waiting to solve the difficulties of life.
Jesus concluded his words on worry in Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)
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