In a recent interview, Bruce Springsteen—45 years a rock icon, with those four-hour live concerts and last year’s sold out Broadway show—was asked about his family life.
Springsteen admitted that for years the idea of a home filled him “with distrust and a bucketload of grief.” He credits his wife of twenty-seven years, Patti Scialfa, with reorienting his attention and helping him to change. The article continues:
It’s Scialfa who, when the kids are small, goes to Bruce, the lifelong nocturnal creature, and says, “You’re going to miss it.” What? he asks. “The kids, the morning, it’s the best time, it’s when they need you the most.” Cut to: Bruce, remaking himself as the early- morning-breakfast dad. “Should the whole music thing go south, I will be able to hold a job between the hours of 5:00 and 11:00 a.m. at any diner in America. Feeding your children is an act of great intimacy, and I received my rewards: the sounds of forks clattering on breakfast plates, toast popping out of the toaster.”
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus redirects our own gaze:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. (Matthew 6:25-29)
What might change for your church board if you read this portion of Matthew 6 at the beginning and end of each meeting?
As a board, what are you missing? What signs of God’s wonder and grace are you overlooking or passing by while you shoulder all the responsibilities given to you?
We imagine that when Jesus said this to the crowd, he stopped and actually pointed at birds in the air and lilies in the field. When Jesus says “look” and “consider,” where should your gaze go?