Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s declaration rural America is becoming irrelevant sent me mind-stumbling back to a point early in my writing career when I entered a contest awarding a plaque for the much vaunted title of: Best Regular Columnist. I, and dozens of other struggling writers, were to be graded against each other’s personally categorized colleagues as denoted by the subscription sales of our “home” newspapers.
The story of the birth of Jesus always fascinates me each and every time I read it. In my study one central point caught my attention: who we are outside of Him is not significant. What is crucial for all people is a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Most of us are familiar with the fact that, in the beginning, God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden. Genesis tells us that all sorts of beautiful trees grew in the garden. These trees also produced good food. There were rivers in Eden and the land contained gold and other precious stones.
Jovon Belcher, a man who possessed great athletic skill and a future most would envy did a very bad thing. He killed his girlfriend with a handgun. Then he finished his injury by killing himself with a handgun. This is terrible and our hearts go out the families left without answers as to why he did it.
The Bible chooses its worry language carefully. The basic biblical word has the meaning of “to take thought” or “to be careful”. Those are good things at first glance. However, the Greek gives us the word picture of a divided mind. The worries have a mind torn between the real and the possible, the immediate and the potential, the present and the future.