Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1Samuel 22-24; Luke 12:1-31
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither plant nor harvest, they have no silo or barn, yet God feeds them. You are worth so much more than birds! 25 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?[d] 26 If you can’t do such a small thing, why worry about the rest? 27 Notice how the lilies grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 28 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, how much more will God do for you, you people of weak faith! 29 Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. 30 All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well (Luke 12:22-31, Common English Bible).
One night several years ago, Cindy and I went out for dinner with friends. My friend and Cindy started talking about worry. I am not sure these days how the subject of conversation ended up there, but it did. My friend said he worried about everything. We said he was worried about how and when he would get his student loans paid off. He was worried about where he and his wife would live when he retired. Would he be able to get a part time appointment so he could focus on other stuff instead of being worried constantly about the family budget.
Cindy told him she didn’t worry about anything (not a completely true observation). While Cindy worries less about things than anyone I have ever known, she does worry on occasion. She said if something is going to happen, it’s going to happen. Worrying about it isn’t going to change the facts as they are playing out so why worry.
My friend then said, in words dripping in sarcasm, “Gee thanks Cindy. Now I’m going to worry that you don’t worry.”
For many of us, yours truly included, lorry is just a way of life. How am I getting the bills paid? Who will take care of the kids if something bad happens to me? When can I retire? Those and probably 500 more things exist that we can worry about.
Worry, however, isn’t good for us. Here are four effects of worry that aren’t good for any of us:
- Worry communicates to friends and family that everything might not be Okay.
- Worry is heavy and uncomfortable.
- It is bad for you as you feel terrible.
- You force the burden of your worries onto other people. *
The list of the negative effects of worry is not an exclusive list. We can just look at it as a reminder that worry isn’t good for any of us.
I once heard it said that worry is the opposite of faith. If you are worried, you are failing to acknowledge that God is in charge and looks out for any of us. We all need to let God be in charge. That starts with me.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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