Sunday, March 10, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

For The Birds
Hebrews 13:5-16
You shall not covet . . . anything that is your neighbor’s. (Exo 20:17)

The bird feeder attached to my office window is just beyond the reach of the squirrels. But one squirrel has made it his mission to get the seeds meant for the birds. Having seen his tiny neighbors nibbling noisily from the abundant supply, the squirrel is fixated on enjoying the same pleasure. He has tried coming at the feeder from every direction but without success. He clawed his way up the wooden window casing to within inches of the feeder but slid down the slippery glass. He climbed the thin branches of the forsythia bush. Then he reached so far that he fell to the ground.
The squirrel’s tireless attempts to get what isn’t meant to be his calls to mind a man and woman who reached for food that wasn’t meant to be theirs. They too suffered a fall—a fall so severe that it hurt the whole human race. Because they were disobedient and helped themselves to food that God told them not to eat, He put them where they could no longer reach it. As a result of their disobedience, they and their descendants must now work hard to get what He originally had given as a gift—food (see Gen. 2–3).
May our desire to have what God has kept from us not keep us from enjoying what He has given to us (Heb. 13:5).
Lord help me to rise above my petty feelings of greed and jealousy towards my neighbors. Amen.

Thinking It Through What (or who) am I looking to for happiness? Is this wise? Or do I need to make some changes? How may I be content? (Heb. 13:5).
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church