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My Old Bird Feeder

Read Matthew 6:25-34

"So my counsel is: Don't worry about things - food, drink, and clothes. For you already have life and a body - and they are far more important than what you eat and wear. Look at the birds! They don't worry about what to eat - they don't need to sow or reap or store up food - for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?" Matthew 6:25-27 (TLB)

"So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time!"

Matthew 6:34 (TLB)

Cassius Rhue, from South Carolina, looked out into the backyard and smiled at the sight of the old bird feeder dangling from its hook. A handful of seeds remained from the winter, and the sound of birds echoed in the distance. Cassius's thoughts drifted back to the day he bought that feeder.

Back then, his paycheck was far less than he had hoped - the result of a poor quarter in company sales and a near miss on a performance bonus. The medical bills from a growing family and a season of difficulty presented fears he hadn't imagined as he calculated how little might remain after paying the bills. In the day that followed, his Bible study time ended with the words from today's reading. "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" (NIV). The words were timely, and Cassius made up his mind to do two things: Tithe before paying a single bill and buy a bird feeder.

Now, years later, when times feel tough and uncertainty or trouble looms near, the bird feeder reminds Cassius that he is more valuable than the birds that God feeds and cares for every day.

Prayer: Dear God, when uncertainties cause us to worry, help us to seek you first and to trust with joy and hope that you will give us what we need, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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