Worry Doesn’t Help
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?
27 “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. 28 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! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Worry affects your emotional and physical well-being. It can affect your ability to sleep and your ability to concentrate. Parents typically worry most when they are trying to raise their first child. Other worries include financial, when you need to plan for your retirement or even trying to pay off your immediate bills. Another worry is what to wear for an important event.
Jesus provides some perspective that worry doesn’t help us at all. We are to seek God’s kingdom. When we do what is most important, everything else seems to fall in place. It helps to let God determine what He will provide us instead of going after what we desire. We all have our plans and our dreams. When we don’t line up our values and goals with what God’s will is for us, we will continue to be anxious and have worry in our lives.