Gospel by Baloo

Folks sure are busy these days.  Going.  Doing.  We’re very important people and the holidays add to our hysteria.

But busy is always a badge of honor.  When someone asks you what you’ve been up to, how do you think they’d react if you said, “I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the Word, praying, and giving my heavenly Father thanks for all my many blessings.”  Would that be deemed by the world a productive use of time, a valuable investment of your days?

Let’s see what the holy scriptures have to say:

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”  Psalm 90:14

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:5-6

“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?  Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.  Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul my live.”  Isaiah 55:2-3

“My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Phil 4:19

Do you believe that, brothers and sisters?  Is your time with your Father frenetic?  Distracted?  Infrequent?  Do you spend your money and your time on that which does not satisfy?

Years ago I heard the wise adage:  The greatest gift one can ever give is time, for only it can never be replaced.  Do you wisely invest your time - a finite treasure - for God’s glory and your soul’s uplifting?

Are there activities and obligations that need to be pruned from your calendar to spur your spiritual growth?  Are there simple yet profound gifts that are being overlooked because you are too busy?  i.e. time with your Father, quiet moments with your family, that phone call you’ve been meaning to make.

Oftentimes we can receive keen wisdom as well as an uplifted spirit from sources created for kids.  Listen to Baloo’s sage advice to Mobley from The Jungle Book:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o

“…Old Mother Nature’s recipes, that bring the bare necessities to life.”  Do you believe from the depths of your soul that your God will supply all you need according to His riches in heaven?  Oh surely there are things you’d like to have and you might find yourself poutin’ once in a while that someone has it and you don’t, but are they bare necessities?  Be honest, is it something that will truly satisfy, or a passing whim?

And after considering ants as appetizers, listen carefully to Baloo’s third verse:

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

 

Baloo’s prod to trust, relax, believe is explicitly reinforced in Brother Matthew’s sixth chapter:

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

And his final verse could come straight from the Good Book:

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you

Psalm 46:10 says it all:  Be still, and KNOW I AM God.

Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters whose hearts are always astir.  Who are so busy doing they don’t have time for listening.  Praising.  Being still before You.  And it’s in these times of fret and fatigue that we are most likely to make choices from the flesh.  Poor foods.  Avoiding exercise.  Feeling down and blue.  Father, give each of your children a nudge in the Spirit today, reminding them You are patiently waiting for them to cast all their cares on You, for You care for them.

Embrace the bare necessities, my friends.  “My food is to do the will of my Father who sent me.”

Live Well,

 

Grace

 

Bare Necessities

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you