You ever get tired? I do, and often it’s my own fault for not getting enough sleep. Sometimes it’s because I stay up too late, other times it’s because I allow the worries of the day to take over and rob me of sleep.
Jesus told His disciples in the “Sermon on the Mount;”
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 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? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
But is it really possible not to worry? We live in a complicated world with kids education to save for, retirement to plan for, and the mortgage, food, clothing etc. etc. It’s a simple thing for Jesus to say, but very difficult for us to put into practice. It was easier in Jesus’ day. Things were so much simpler
Was it really? They needed to have food and water everyday. There was no refrigeration so that meant shopping for perishables every day. Water didn’t come to the house so it had to be transported from a community well.
They also were subject to Roman taxes and they were oppressive. Not only was the burden heavy often the tax collector extorted more money than they owed.
Couple that with the fact that they lived in a more of a “barter” economy. An economy where you often got paid not with money but with things. Maybe you were a carpenter and you did a project for a neighbor and he paid you with a sheep. Trouble was that the Romans wanted cash, not a sheep.
No, things weren’t easier in Jesus’ day, just different. Yes His words are challenging, but they are worth considering. It’s true that we can’t add a single hour to our lives by worrying. Truth be told (and cardiologists will agree) that we can take hours out of our lives by worrying. Worry causes stress and stress weakens the body.
Not only is it possible to shorten my life by worrying, it also takes time out of my day. When I devote time each day to “worry” then those are hours that can’t be given to more important things. Worry accomplishes nothing that is of great value, in fact it takes away from the quality of life. What is more worry doesn’t do anything to change the thing that I am worried about.
But you say; I can’t help it. Yes you can. Just as we learned to worry, we can learn not to worry. We make it a habit each time we practice worrying. The opposite can take place as well. Start with one time each day when you say no to worry.
Commit that thing, the one that you are worrying about, to Jesus. Tell Him that you trust Him to provide for you just like the birds of the air and the grasses of the field. Think of the things that you have in your life and thank Him for all those things. Really thank Him.
Then thank Him in advance for the ways (that you don’t know abut yet because they are in the future) in which He will provide in the future. Pretty soon you will have built a habit. You will