Who by worrying can add a single moment?
It is an emotion based on the unknown.
It is fear of the future that is manifest in the now.
It is a punch to the gut...and it does not add a single second to our lives, our well-being, or that of our loved ones.
In Luke 12:25, Jesus instructs us, "Who by worrying can add a single hour to your life?"
So why do we worry?
According to Psychology Today author, and Ph.D. Graham C.L. Davey, today's worries are generally in two categories - life events and daily hassles (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-worry/201708/what-is-there-worry-about).
You can call both of these categories, the great "WHAT IF?" We generally start our worries with this statement...
What if...I don't pass the test?
What if...there is a car crash in the snow?
What if...I might get sick from going to see my sick friend?
What if...I don't have enough money to get lunch, feed my family, retire early, get home, etc....etc...
Read further into Luke 12, and you find the WHAT IF question, answered with our anxieties, is not how the Lord asks us to live. It's not how he designed us for relationship with Him.
Read below - Luke 12:22-28:
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
Instead of worry, Jesus instructs us to instead focus on the good things the Lord has provided, and have faith that He will continue to provide. It's hard in the moment...when hungry, when going through illness, when about to lose a job, when you can't see where your next meal is coming from.
Fight the urge to worry. Replace it. YOU CAN!
I'm not preaching. I'm not telling. I'm asking.
The more of us fight the temptation to worry together, and focus on our faith, our relationship with the Lord, and our relationships to lift each other up, the better we can be. We can talk about worry, battle it together, and instead focus on the positive that may happen.
Instead of asking the "What If...." question, let's focus on the "What can be...?" Take the negative connotation, and instead bring energy to the positive.
This doesn't ask you to not live in reality. Yes, negative things happen. All of those "What if's" may come true. But regardless, Christ asks us to choose to live in the joy and faith of what is TRUE and POSSIBLE.
Live in faith and learn through trial.
Know that, as Paul says in Romans, "...all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28).
God bless inTeam!
Have faith in today, and God's ability to take care of you.