"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23 NRSV)
In 1888 when Kodak came out with the first simple camera, a piece of equipment that anyone can use, they coined the slogan, "You press the button, we do the rest." Eliminated were the containers of chemicals, the heavy equipment, and the need for technical knowledge--things necessary up to that point for anyone who wanted to produce a photograph.

Since that day we have seen invention after invention that performs difficult tasks for us at a push of a button. We have come to expect many tasks to be reduced to the simple and the effortless for us, and we are perhaps justly called, "The Pushbutton Society."

I'm not certain that this attitude hasn't bred a laziness, an occasional unwillingness to struggle at some of the important things in life that will always be hard work. How do you build a solid marriage or raise well-balanced children or become a Christ-like person at the push of a button?

Of course not. Take time to work at what really matters.

Dear God, thank you for today's dedicated disciples who are taking time with what really matters to you. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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