These slabs of skin holding our mortal souls need regular maintenance.
We get annual eye exams, dentist visits, and *ahem* physicals. We look into getting eyes lasered, tonsils burned, sinuses cauterized, sun spots frozen. We put drops in our eyes to heal eyelids, take X-rays to explore foot pain, start regular exercises and physical therapy for spine alignment, and take antibiotics to balance bacteria in unforeseen places. And that's just for a healthy person.
Others have other ongoing things that require more maintenance, more care, more time, more money.
What can we learn from having the daily upkeep of contacts/eyeglasses to see, lotion to heal dry skin, sunscreen to protect from cancer (and fading tattoos), plus all that brushing, flossing, showering, shaving, combing, trimming, plucking, and product-adding to hair, underarms, nostrils, and faces?
1. Time is passing, friends.
2. Change is constant.
3. We have to pick our battles.
4. In the end, it does no good to stress about the ride.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:25-34 NLT