“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” (Mark 6:30-31)
In 1970, restaurant food and drink sales were 43 billion dollars. Since then that figure has gone up nearly 1800% to just under 800 billion dollars. And on top of that is Uber Eats.
Uber Eats will go to whichever restaurant someone has ordered food from and bring it to them. People are so pressed for time that not only do they not have the time to make a meal - they don’t have the time to go get it.
People are overrun by so many activities and responsibilities that it has reshaped even the most basic of our life’s functions. While eating is one example, lots of other things can demand so much from us that we wind up feeling that we’ve lost all control.
…when this is left unchecked…we get dragged into the culture of scarcity.
A Harvard economics professor and a Princeton psychology professor have written a book called “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much” that explores how people's minds are less efficient when they feel they lack something — including time, money, and companionship.
This new psychological trend of scarcity shows that people living in scarcity actually experience changes in how their brains work and that makes it difficult to solve the pressing problems that face humanity.
Many studies also point to the recession 10 years ago in also shaping this culture of scarcity.
If we don’t have enough time or money or companionship for ourselves; will we have enough for somebody else?
Will we have enough willingness to even try to love all -- as Jesus commands?
…and what about compassion…mercy…forgiveness…
Join us Sundays at 10AM as we turn to the fullness of Jesus Christ; a fullness that leaves no room for scarcity as it allows us to love abundantly…to offer great compassion…to lavish mercy…to be quick to forgive.
Together We Serve,Pastor Mike