Do Not Worry – Give
I spend most of my day wondering what I’m going to eat next. I see other peoples food as ‘options’ and think ‘that looks good’, or ‘that dosn’t look as good as the last thing I saw’. Its not really jealousy, its just a long process of deciding, and wanting to find something that I can really get excited about. Eating, for me, has always been a treat, and I want to take the most enjoyment out of each meal. I’ve gone hungry plenty of times, and worried about that but at the moment, I don’t worry about that. I do however worry about calories, fats that saturate, portions of fruit and veg, vitamins, protein, not overdoing carbs, caffeine and all that sort of thing. Then when its all done I treat myself to something sugary or fatty and feel guilty about it.
In Luke Chapter 12 however, Jesus says this; 22 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. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 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! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Jesus goes on to talk about not needing to worry about clothes, and not to ‘set your heart on what to eat or drink’. Bummer for me. The real message is to crack on with loving others- to store up ‘treasures in heaven’ rather than treasures on earth. Treasures like steak. Or big saucy burgers. Or cajun…. nevermind , I digest. Its about treasures in heaven; that is its about loving others as you love yourself, or better yet, as God loves them.
Apart from the same message of social justice Jesus is also telling people not to worry. Get on with loving others and
stop worrying about food, clothes, your body, and your life. These are pretty core things. Probably shouldn’t be worrying about all the other things that are not necessary for survival as well.
And yeah, it can be difficult to just ‘stop worrying’, and yes, you can have a prayerful chat with God, but quite frankly going and helping someone with much bigger problems than your own might help you not worry about your problems.
-Tim Solosy« Unity | Kingdom Overflow »