Thursday, February 17, 2011

Are you worried?

There are so many things to worry about these days from finances to relationships.  From taxes to illness.  Children, bills, germs, work, gas prices, predators, crime, politics . . . and on and on.  So much stress, which leads to stress-related health problems, which leads to stress-related drug problems, which leads to  . . . . well you see how this can get out of control.

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.  Matthew 6:28-34

These are the RED words in the Bible, so you know that it comes directly from Jesus. 

If Jesus . . .Himself told His disciples not to worry, why do we do it? 

If you are a believer and you are worried, are you really a believer?  This question comes up to me over and over, because sometimes I worry.  I’m not a “worrier”, by any stretch . . . in fact people give me weird looks sometimes because I don’t worry enough.

Really?  I don’t worry ENOUGH.  How exactly is that supposed to work, I mean for a believer?

The main thing that I have been bombarded with lately is, aren’t you worried about your family’s relationship with Jesus?   I was never in control of that to begin with.  I know I will probably get some comments about this one.  But if I share the gospel with my children and show them a believer’s example . . . God, not me, is ultimately the one my children have to have a relationship with.

At our house we have a rule that when you are old enough to drive you are old enough to decide whether or not you want to go to church. 

(gasps of horror from the crowd)

(whispers) She doesn’t MAKE her children go to church?

Yeah, I don’t.  AND if they over-sleep, or miss a service it’s not MY deal.  It’s their relationship with God that they have to cultivate and build. 

(whispers) But her children GO to church, that’s why she’s not worried.

Well, only 2 of them go on a regular basis.  There are 6 other children who do not go regularly that I know of.  So I don’t have a perfect family where everyone “wants” to go to church. 

And as long as we are being honest. . . Santa doesn’t go to church.

(thud)  I think someone fainted. 

I am not worried about Santa, or Lollipop or Tootsie Pop or any of the other children and their relationship with God, because I have faith.  I believe that God will bring them back.  I believe that when God brings them back to church it will be in His time and so the most good will come of it.  The most glory will go to God, when it does happen.  If I didn’t believe it, I would probably be in the hospital right now, from a nervous breakdown.

I understand if I am not a believer, I have a million things to worry about, the biggest one being an eternity separated from God.

But if I claim to have a relationship with God, or to be a believer I shouldn’t worry.  Even the word BELIEVER says I am trusting in something, but worry is the opposite of trust.  Worry is the opposite of faith.  Do not be fooled into thinking that it is okay to worry if you are a believer. 

Do you believe that God is bigger than whatever it is you are worrying about?  Do you believe God loves YOU more than what you are worrying about?   I do.

Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments:

  1. What a great post! I am a worrier, and when I'm worried I worry more because I know I'm being disobedient! haha One thing I'm really working on not worrying about is the spiritual condition of my kids/grandkids/friends/family, etc. I agree with you. If I'm open about my faith, and truthful about it's place in my life, then the rest is up to the other person and God. My mom is worried about my granddaughter who is not even two years old yet. She asks me frequently "Does Sunny know Jesus?" Really?! She barely knows me and I see her three times a week. Yes, I talk to her about Jesus. We sing Jesus Loves Me. But I refuse to spend my time worrying about her (future) relationship with Him. Thanks for a timely post. I needed it today!

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  2. Thanks Vicki! Two years old, wow! I mean just wow.

    That's pretty young to be worried. I think you are doing the right thing. And if Jesus says don't worry, then I'm going to try not to.

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  3. Wow, this is pretty amazing timing, for me to see your post just now. I have a post scheduled for my blog tomorrow, but yesterday God taught me a lesson about not worrying. This morning I've felt God wants me to blog about it, so I sat down to write about worry, turned on my computer and saw your post. What reinforcement!
    Thanks for sharing.

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