…do not worry…

“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. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 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! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’

‘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. 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! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.’

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’”-Luke 12:22-34

Do not worry. When I find myself worrying about the most mundane things in my life that I feel are so important, I bring back my mantra to not worry and keep my positivity. My mantra is, “I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and dining dollars on my card.” (this last part makes sense when I tell you that I work for a university and as part of my job, they give me a meal plan so I can eat for free on campus.)

I remind myself that God is always watching over me and is taking care of me, so I need not worry. I need to be concerned more about where I am placing my priorities in my life – is it towards financial gain, is it towards career advancement, or towards having the nicest possessions? Because those things don’t matter. My priorities reveal where my heart is and where I place my efforts. I don’t want to be worried or concerned about things that God says are not worth worrying about. Instead my priorities are to love God and to love others, and that is where my treasure lies. And no thief, rust or moths can destroy that love. It will never go out of style, expire, or require updates for the newest and improved version.

Where is your heart and priorities? Do you worry about things that aren’t worth worrying about?


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