Thought For The Month July 2018

June 28 2018

There is more to life than Brexit

24-hour news coverage is a feature of modern life. Millions of us watch the various television news channels or keep an eye on our news apps for as much as eight hours a day. There is a fascination with the latest “breaking news” and with the reports through the day which concentrate on the “big” stories. People are afraid of missing something important.

News reports give the impression that they are helping us to stay in touch with the real world, but many of the stories they cover are not particularly relevant to our daily lives. I watched a programme recently on DR Congo which described the devastating violence in that country over the past 15-20 years that has claimed the lives of more than six million people. The reporter said it was the largest number of deaths in any country since the Second World War, yet there have been hardly any reports about it, but just mention the word ‘Brexit’…

Let’s be honest, our daily lives are not particularly newsworthy, thankfully. Most of our time is taken up with the ordinary routine of life. It is encouraging, therefore, to know that God cares about us and our ordinary lives even though we will never make the news headlines. He knows about the stresses and anxieties we experience and he cares about us. We are living in the midst of unsure and difficult socio-economic times. For many families, unemployed people and pensioners, it’s hard to find the money for their daily needs. Billions of people in the world live on less than a pound a day. These troubles can cause us to become stressed. 

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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 are?”

As summer bursts forth there are more birds around. They wake early to find their food for the day and sing their cheery songs. Perhaps you put food out for them because you care about them? Jesus said that his heavenly Father cares about us very much and knows what we need. So, he taught us to not get stressed about today’s events, but instead to pray, “Our Father who is in heaven… give us this day our daily bread.”