No Worries!

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,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Author:

Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

3 thoughts on “No Worries!

  1. Keith:
    Really appreciate your Pastor’s Ponderings. Keep up the good work! Very creative. To the point. On target.
    Charles

  2. Keith,

    There are days I might benefit from being more like a raven. Thanks for giving me a reminder to give my worries and stress over to God, he knows more about it than I do.

    Gayla Neel

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