So it's basically Monday for me today because we've had so many cancellations this week! Yay snow! (That's my lame excuse)
Matthew 6. I’ve read it a few times before – the portion on not worrying or something. Every time I read it, I journal something nice about it and think that I’m putting the thought into practice. I try really hard not to worry…or do I?
Whatever it is – this spirit of worry or anxiety – has bound itself to this culture. It's addicting, in a sense. I feel like I'm always concerning myself with the next thing I have to do. I’ve even let myself get to a place where I'm operating out of worry and allowing anxiety to fuel my actions.
Which hit me pretty hard this morning when I realized these words – “ do not be anxious about your life,” “ do not be anxious about tomorrow” - are not merely suggestions for believers. They are commands. And the culture that tells us that worry and anxiety are normal modes of operation that even fuel our productivity is just plain wrong.
Even greater, is the promise of the Lord that He will provide what we need if only we will stop worrying. And that's not an empty statement, it's a promise. Our obedience will be rewarded. I'm realizing now that it's time to obey this command. And practice what we’re always preaching.
“Therefore I tell you, 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. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:25-34 ESV)
A side note:
**Today marks the first day of the Lenten season. I've decided to participate this year because I feel that my soul needs a deep reminder of the cross. I'll be taking time off from social media – this means Facebook and Instagram for me! – to free my mind from distraction during this season. There will be many blog posts during this season, but they won't be advertised through Facebook and Instagram, so remember to stop by on Mondays! ( I promise I'll be more consistent :) )