Spiritually Speaking Do Cares of Life Distract You Pearl Harper The parable about the power that soweth the seed and how people receive the word is very powerful. Read it in its entirety (Mark 4:14-20) The 18 th and 19 th verses are the ones that caught my attention as I was reading it a few days ago. “And these are they which are sown among thorns: such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Of course the sower is the Son of Man and His ministries. The seed is the word of God. Some receive it and obey it, some hear the word of God and refuse to obey it. There are two things listed that we see so often, cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches. Have you ever thought about what cares of life mean? I think it means anything that would distract, or be a distraction to us. Things that keep us worried or concerned and we neglect the things of God, or important things. We neglect our prayer life and do not trust God for our needs. I have, in my lifetime, seen people become wealthy and change their behavior so much. Their main concern seemed to be acquiring more. This scripture also implies that many get rich by deceiving others. We think of lust just being sexual in nature, but some lust for forbidden things or certain possessions. Luke warns us in Luke 21:34, “And take heed to yourselves, best at anytime your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness; (excessive eating or drinking) and cares of life, and so that day come upon you unawares,” the Lord’s return. If we stay concerned about cares of life, we don’t show much faith in others to see. The writings of Paul to the Philippians, especially the fourth chapter, is a faith builder. I am going to list some only in part, read it all it is very uplifting. He tells us to stand fast in the Lord. He pleaded with Euodias and Syntyche that they be of the same mind in the Lord. He tells us to rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice. Verse 6, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.” Paul tells us not to be anxious. If we tolerate anxiety or worry it can injure our souls. God alone can help us in some things, and he will. We are to pray about everything that happens and give thanks for everything. Paul wrote it as a command. Personally, I think it is wonderful advice. Verse 7, tells about the promise of the peace of God, which passeth all understanding… Verse 11-13 Paul wrote-I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Verse 19, “But my god shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Many are not content to only have their needs met. Our society seems to constantly want more. This has gotten so many in despair, we used to call it “keeping up with the Jones.” Paul wrote these encouraging words from prison. We would probably think we were forsaken, would we be rejoicing? He knew God would take care of him. God Bless.