DAY 286 OF 365 IN 2021
ALL AREAS MATTER
Luke 11:42 Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
For athletes who make most use of specific parts of their body, it does make sense to want to develop those parts to their utmost potential. As an example, as the name suggests, ‘a high jumper ‘ should be able to jump high hence, if one decides to train their leg muscles majority of the time, they are unlikely to be faulted for doing so.
The same cannot be said of the decathlete who is involved in multiple events including jumping, throwing and running. Development then of their whole body is important. In fact, today’s text lays further emphasis on the need for harmony and growing together for what use are sharp ears if the legs are slow to escape danger or strong legs if the eyes can’t see danger?
In speaking to the Pharisees, Jesus expresses concern about their choices: that some things have been done at the expense of others. Like them, we also do the same. Often, what we do is trade – we change one thing for another or redistribute our time. What we are reminded of then is the need to pay attention to all areas particularly of our lives: spiritual, social, academic, economic, psychological etc.
Every dimension of life requires a look at otherwise we are likely to become deficient in that area. There ought to be a correlation of levels across all areas of our life so that the uniformity of growth becomes evident.