Things earthly

September 15, 2010

Today is September 15th, which for many of us is also known as the day
that 3rd quarter tax estimates are due. I hate paying quarterlies. I
especially hate that the first quarter payment is due on April 15th,
which is the same day that any underestimates from the previous year
are due, which is only two months (not a full quarter) away from the
dates that 2nd quarter estimates are due.

I'm not sure yet what
it has to do with the shrewd manager, but I'm certain that today is one
of those "live out the Collect" days. Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious
about earthly things: about money, about power, about prestige, about
stuff, about food, about clothing, about friendships, about illness,
about any of that crap. Instead, help us to love things that are
heavenly: relationships, justice, humility, peace, love, joy, patience,
kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control.

Writing a four
digit check to the federal government every two to four months is not
my idea of a good time, it is the beginning of anxiety, but, on this
day, I pray that my mind will be on things above and that the peace of
Christ will rule my heart

Originally posted at Draughting Theology.