Stop Trying So Hard!

...and all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him

Luke 4:20
Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

Sermon Topic


What’s past is over and done with. We can’t recover our lost youth or our lost opportunities or our lost loves. But with each new day we can enhance and enrich and energize our expectations. Expectation plays a big role in our lives — as was the case perhaps, with an extremely overweight man who was heard to say on his first visit to “Weight-Watchers,” “I just can’t wait to get home and not eat.” Now that’s serious expectation!

In a recent newspaper ad, a digital clock called “Timisis” was touted as a “perfect gift idea.” This is a digital clock that does more than merely tell time or wake you up. By punching in your age and your gender, it constantly reminds you of how much longer you can expect to live. And it displays your remaining time (based on life-expectancy tables) in hours, minutes and seconds. “An average lifetime lasts 678,900 hours or 2.4 billion seconds.” says the Timisis ad. “How much…

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