Today’s Reading: Matthew 6:25-26
From small challenges like getting stuck in traffic to larger ones like when we receive the notice that our job is being cut, when our child gets sick, when the bank forecloses, when our spouse leaves, what happens? We worry. It’s normal to feel anxious at times. Anxiety is a natural emotional response to a thought or circumstance that we perceive as negative. For many people, worry is a way of life. If that describes you, our reading today has a command from Jesus that is is clear: Don’t worry!! Matt. 6:25-26
One statistic says that when it comes to worry: 40% of the time we worry about things that will never happen, 30% concern things that can’t be changed, 12% centre in on criticism, mostly untrue, made by people who feel inferior, 10% relate to health which worsens when you worry, and only 8% are legitimate concerns which you can do something about. Most of the time we worry about things that never happen. That’s 92% useless worry compared to 8% legitimate concern.
We must be careful not to confuse concern with anxiety. It is normal for a Christian to care. Concern motivates us to intercede and take godly action toward meeting other people’s needs or our own. We are to be concerned, for example, about our families, staying healthy, doing a good job at work and God’s glory to be seen in our life.
But concern is not worry. Worry is like putting your car in neutral and revving the engine. It burns oil and gas and is hard on the engine and it really doesn’t get you anywhere. Concern put the car into gear and moves us forward.