Matthew 6: 25-34 Don’t worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Such wise words, do not worry; and yet how much of our life do we spend worrying? How much of our day do we think about money, car troubles, family situations, phone problems, children’s schedules, getting everything done, eating right, exercising, the list continues. This passage speaks about being in the moment. Living into the moment’s problems instead of worrying about the future’s problem. Being mindful of the moment we are in can be a difficult challenge and yet it can change our life. Living in the moment can free us from the prison that many of our worries have placed around us.
Now I am not suggesting that we begin to live such a carefree lifestyle that we do not take responsibility or that we make poor choices; and either is our passage from Matthew. Matthew is reminding us here that the Earthly is not as important as the Heavenly. We are not called to live on Earth forever; however we are called to the eternal Kingdom. To honor that call we should not be so immobilized by the worries of today that we cannot and do not live into our life; especially the life that God is calling us to. God has a purpose for us hear. God has offered us more to life through the gifts of the Spirit. God is not calling us to live each day so worried about the details that we fail to see how God works. Let God take over the details and live into the moment. Set yourself free and see what it feels like.