Luke 12:22-31 (ESV)
Do Not Be Anxious
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[b] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[c] kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
The words in today’s reading from Luke are spoken by Jesus. He
has got to be kidding! Don't worry? I don't know when or why
people begin to worry, but I do know that it is a part of almost
everyone's life in one degree or another. Some of us are worry
warriors, some of us worry on occasion. In my limited
knowledge but vast experience in worrying, I know that all of
my time worrying has not ever stopped something from
happening and what I imagine to happen is always far worse that
what ever occurs. My time worrying has been a total waste.
Worry is not something we build into our schedules. We don't
worry at 10 o'clock for ten minutes and then, whew!, our
worrying is finished for the day. Worrying continues all day. The
human mind can only focus on one thought at a time. Worry
blocks the ability to feel and experience the goodness in life that
God provides. Take your worry energy and use it to spread
Jesus' compassion, empathy, and caring.
I think what Jesus wants us to know is that God has our back.
He is watching over us, guiding us, loving us, and protecting us.
Yes, life will happen to us, worrying will not stop that. Worry a
little less and trust a little more so that your thoughts can be
open to God’s love and caring.
Dear God, I definitely need your help to worry a little less and
trust a little more so that my mind can focus on the people that
you send my way showing me your love, caring, and provision.
Help me to focus my mind on how I can share your message of
care to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Ruthie Steen
Disciple of Jesus at St. John’s