“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…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?”
I want to believe the words written in Matthew 6:25. But I have to admit, it hasn’t really been working for me lately…
Just earlier today, I pulled $200 out of my account, and I set it down somewhere very specific so I wouldn’t lose it. Unfortunately…I couldn’t remember where that was.
So there I was, frantically running through the house, looking here and there, trying to find it. All the while, thinking, “What am I going to do if I can’t find it?”
I mean, let’s be real, I didn’t have another $200 to pull from my account. So if I couldn’t find it, it was gonna be a pretty big deal.
Next, I started looking for people to blame…
Have you ever done that? You can’t find something so you start blaming the people around you? Maybe they moved it…and that’s why you couldn’t find it!
Not once did I stop and say to myself, “Ralph, don’t worry! You’re more valuable to God than the birds.”
So c’mon, I want you to be honest with me…is reading this Bible verse enough to help you stop worrying in moments like that?
Sometimes, I’ll admit, I wish the Bible had more practical advice. It’s one thing to tell me not to worry. And it’s another to actually give me practical exercises for how to do that.
Take HuffPost for example, and their article on how to eliminate worry. Why is it that they outrank the Bible for that stuff on Google search? In order for the Bible to be relevant, maybe it should have included a top nine list as good as theirs…?
Some of the things the Huffpost article recommends include things like meditation, exercise, mindfulness, writing down your worries, and kicking your online surfing habit (hmm…people in Jesus’ day didn’t have to deal with that…maybe that’s why Huffpost ranks so well!)
Huffpost cites a 2005 study that shows that “people who naturally try to suppress their unwanted thoughts end up being more distressed by said thoughts.”
YIKES! I haven’t seen that in the Bible anywhere either! How often have you been trying to suppress your thoughts as a method of getting rid of them?
I guess when I contemplate these words, I just think about how far we’ve come in 2000 years. Research studies, science, and publishers are all talking about how to help us stop worrying. Dale Carnegie wrote an entire book about it…
Even kids have to deal with worry. Luckily there’s a book for that too (no, it’s not the Bible).
And just look at this book, it has 65 exercises for overcoming worry (65!).
Jesus goes on to ask us: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Obviously the answer is no…
But that hasn’t stopped me from worrying, has it?
Oh my G…I have a teen! Great, now I’m worrying about that…!!
Okay, deep breaths. Let’s focus on you for a minute.
What are you worrying about? And why are you worrying about it? And what are you doing in your life to help you stop worrying?
Enough about you, back to me now. I’ve been thinking about the answers to those questions for myself. And they led me to sit down and meditate. And I recorded it, so I could share it with you (yep, we’re back to you now).
So what do you say? You want to try a meditation? Here’s a short Christian meditation to help you stop worrying.