All of us worry. It’s part of who we are. No matter how hard we try not to worry, we do. In my life worry probably stems from my desire to be in control and fix everything. I guess if I would be honest, I worry because I do not trust that God is a man of his word. Listen to what Jesus said:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV)
Good question, Jesus! The answer is no. No, I cannot change anything by worrying. So what should I do in place of it? Jesus goes on and tells us. He says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)”
So my focus is to be on God’s kingdom not mine! Hmm. That changes alot. My day needs to be spent not dwelling on what I need or what I want. God says he will take care of those things. If he can take care of birds and flowers, and I am much more valuable to him than they are, then he can take care of it. In the meantime, he wants me to dwell on bringing about his kingdom and his righteousness.
What are you worrying about today? Together lets commit to leaving those things in God’s hands and promoting his kingdom and righteousness. I realize that it is easier said than done. But I think there is power in numbers. If we all seek to live that way today then perhaps God will use us to take care of the worries in others lives!! How cool would that be!
Hang in there! Your journey does matter. It matters to God and it matters to me!