Monday, October 19, 2009


The October 18, 2009 Parade Magazine ran an article entitled, "What Should You Worry About?" People panicked a few years back about shark attacks while elephant tramplings claim far more lives. The Author, after citing many examples of our misplaced worry says, "we humans tend to respond to uncertainty with more emotion - fears, blame, and paralysis - than advisable. Uncertainty also has a nasty way of making us conjure the very worst possibilities." Finally, the author points out how many of the things people worry about tend to take care of themselves. Horse manure, once a big problem in cities almost overnight went away with the advent of the car. Things we never thought of come up to solve problems. We do not see the big picture. Our world can have a pretty tight orbit. That can lead to all sorts of fears.

God sees the BIG PICTURE we miss. Just because we do not see or comprehend it does not mean God is off duty. Not to mention that worry does not solve a thing but does make us sick, testy, and irrational.

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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:28 – 34 (NIV)

What are you worried about? What do you fear? Lay it before God today.

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