In my former life as an IT professional I spent several years creating computer systems to crunch data and turn the results into user-friendly applications for analysis. When you do that kind of work you encounter vast and overwhelming amounts of data available to crunch, especially from the federal government. Every once in a while when I get interested in a topic, I go to government websites and download the data to crunch for myself. Often talking heads in the media toss out there this statistic and that without providing any meaningful context. What can I learn from it if I just dig a little?
While reading through Luke this Lent I came upon one of my favorite speeches from Jesus in Luke 12:22-23:
He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”