Track Group | 7.4
Track Group | 7.4
Hi Everyone and welcome to our fourth Track Group Online.
Over the last term we have been looking at wellbeing essons that we can learn from the life of Elijah. We’ve thought so much about God’s love for us, that He cares for all things in our lives… we also thought about friendships and rest! Quite the list of topics!
This week we are going to round that off by reflecting on some of those things and looking at something that Jesus said to his followers.
Have you seen the Incredibles series?
In the second one there is a brilliant clip of Bob (the Dad/Mr Incredible) getting more and more tired… more and more cross…
Take a look!…
- Why was Bob Parr angry in the first place?
- What has happened that may make Bob’s mood worse in the first place?
- Have you ever experienced that situation where you get upset about something small because you’re bothered about something bigger that is happening in your life?
- How can you prevent that?
Treasures In Heaven
I consider myself to be quite calm… but sometimes some small thing gets to me and my reaction (like Mr Incredible) is way more exagerated or extreme than needed.
I think it’s even harder when we are all couped up.
Let’s take a look at something that Jesus said…
Matthew 6:19-28 (NIV)
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
“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? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
What would make you happier?
It’s a funny question. I wonder if you answered with something that is internal or exteral? Fame, stuff… that’s external. Added to you.
There was a study done once that tested the happiness ratings of those who had lost all thier limbs in accidents and injuries and those who had just won the lottery. By the fact that I am writing this I think you can guess who rated thier happiness higher… It was those who had lost all their limbs.
In studies there were three things that consistently contributed to higher happiness scores…
Volunteering 2 hours per week
Writing down 3 things you’re grateful for each day
Connection to a community
There are so many different things to pull out of the passage above. Here are just a few thoughts:
- Storing up – When we call external things our “treasures” we let ourselves in for a bad time. Earthly things won’t ultimatly satisfy. We have to be mindful of our default to store up stuff. Reflect on the value of things and practice holding our things lightly.
- Healthy eyes – The way we see and perceive things matters. Practicting reflecting on the things you are grateful for can help to train our “eye” on seeing things differently.
What was your favourite verse from that passage?
Or is there one thing you are going to do differently?
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