Thursday, October 13, 2011

What Are We So Worried About?

Occupying Wall Street. Working long hours. Stressing ourselves sick over money.

What's the big deal?

The Lord says, "do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on" (Matthew 6:25). He says everything's gonna be just fine. He doesn't say we should be lazy, that we should forsake our jobs and responsibilities and not take care of our families. He doesn't say nothing bad will ever happen. And -- get this -- he doesn't say we will never be hungry or without clothing.

What he does say is this: it doesn't matter. "Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?"

Take care of the important stuff. Let's get our heart right and our priorities straight. Let's stop thinking about ourselves all the time. Let's stop worrying so much about losing everything in this world. There are weightier matters: justice and mercy and faithfulness (Matthew 23:23).

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness..." (Matthew 6:33).

-apl

5 comments:

  1. I posted some additional thoughts on this topic at: http://www.tlcraleigh.org/index.php/Koine/Entry/the-waste-of-worry.html

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  2. Thank you for your additional thoughts, Matt.

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  3. Thank you for the reminders! I needed them.

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  4. Occupying Wall Street. The Tea Party. I've said (since I was in high school) that those who take radical positions perform a necessary function in society, pushing us ever so slightly one direction or another, but it simply is not necessary for the majority of us to be concerned with it. Let the noisy ones do what they do; but for the rest of us, your concluding paragraphs offer the best road to travel.

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  5. This totally goes with what I posted last night! How ironic!!!! :0)

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