Barn Talk – Jan 14, 2021

I’d like to share a bit of wisdom God revealed to me this morning while doing barn chores.

Every day, we climb a ladder in front of the chicken pen to feed the cats in the barn loft.
The hens love cat food.
I have a few pets that come meet me halfway up the ladder for a few kernels of cat food.

This morning, the barred rock hen got there first. I let her have a few pieces, then the others came. I moved my glass container so each hen could have some.
Well, I went back to that barred rock to allow her to have the last few pieces.
She refused.

She was actually so indignant about me feeding the other hens that she wouldn’t take anything else from me.

How often do we do that?
How often do we get hung up on being indignant over someone else’s good fortune that we ignore the blessings in front of us?

“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman?
She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.
When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:6-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We can’t enjoy our own blessings if we are so worried about others having more or life being unfair.

We all live in a broken world with evil and heartache.
We must not dwell on the negative, but delight in what God has for US.
Each person will have to give an account to God for their actions. It’s not for us to brood over.

“Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:34-36‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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