Don’t worry

There is the story of a notice board outside a church, with the slogan

Don’t let worry kill you, the church can help

I hope I know what they mean!

Don’t worry is very much the message of Jesus’ teaching in this passage.  Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink or wear.

Perhaps a very apposite message for this time in our country, as so many face redundancy at the end of next month, with cuts to local council and community funding.

But perhaps also a seemingly glib message – don’t worry.  Not much help if you haven’t got food or clothing.  And what about people in famine struck and war-torn countries?

Perhaps the key to what Jesus is saying is found in the last verse, “tomorrow will take care of itself, you have enough to worry about today”.

The thing we are not to worry about is ifs, buts and maybes.  Our focus must be on where we are and what is happening today.  How are we going to rise to that challenge?  What are we going to do about it?

And as I see it, that is very much where the church can help.

Jesus’ point is that God has given what is needed – but sometimes others have taken that away.  We have not shared the worlds resources; we have looked after ourselves; we have wanted our “fair” share, which has often been way more than that.  We have not worried about our needs for the day, but tried to store up plenty for the future, whilst others have gone without today.

People who follow the way Jesus calls have a responsibility to do something, something that will perhaps mean others don’t need to worry.  Jesus tells those of us that have enough – and way beyond, to not worry about tomorrow – but to worry about today for those who don’t have enough.  That is what he wants.

Perhaps our worrying should not be for ourselves – but for others, in other words, “put God’s work first, and do what he wants”.

What do you think?

Lord we are worriers,

we can’t help stressing.

Help us to know what to worry about,

to take hold of the things we can do something about

and work on them,

that we all may know of the riches you provide.

May we not be selfish,

but generous,

sharing your hope

and your goodness

~ by pamjw on February 24, 2011.

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