The first page of one of the Bibles I found recently was dedicated to addressing the topic When Something is Missing
Romans 6:11 NIV
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
1 John 2:15 NIV
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
Matthew 22:37-39 NIV
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Mark 8:34 NIV
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
The list was dated August 6, 1989. Unrelated, one of the dedication pages of another referred to this verse in Matthew. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and frustrated that I’m struggling daily, sometimes with the same issues I had in elementary school; they don’t seem to ever go away. But then I think about this verse, as well as the admonition from Jesus that ‘everyday will have its troubles…”
Do Not Worry
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
A couple weeks ago I delivered another 600 Bibles to the Used Book Depository. Polly, a remarkable woman, told me that there was a specific request from the Philipines and from Nigeria, which was where the books would be heading soon. A special thanks to Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, whose members responded with donations totaling more than 150 Bibles. To them, and to Polly, and to you I repeat this verse found on a dedication page of a Bible given by Richard and Bob to Nathan ‘on a schoolbus’…
Philippians 1:3-4 NIV
3 I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you.