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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Who of You by Worrying can ....



"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?

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?

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you that 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, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)


JW thoughts: The scriptures above are not an excuse to be a deadbeat, but instead provides empowerment for the worrying soul. If you know the truth about your worry, you can set it free. Use logic. Be a detective and find out where that nagging feeling originated. What is the worry? Was it a story you identified with? Was it another person's insecurity? Worry comes to the mind in a very natural way -through emotional response (my opinion). But as the scripture above reads, if we worry are we adding hours to our day or solutions to our problems (my paraphrase)? Absolutely not. I can testify that my worrying has never ever benefited me or changed my circumstances for the better- not once. Worries are often unrealistic thoughts (which appear to be sound) that enter your mind then intrude upon your emotions and break down your security. The only way to push aside worry is to do just that, think of something else. Have you ever noticed how a nagging thought can turn into a full blown worry? Instead of listening to doubt and worry, listen to your common sense. You have it. Use it.

 

10 comments:

  1. These are some of my favorite Bible verses. Much of what Jesus teaches throughout the gospels relates to this theme. This teaching is some very sound psychological instruction to help us find our way to a truly healthy mental state. The psychology community should take heed.
    Lee

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  2. As I commented before on one of your blogs Teresa.... worry is a wasted emotion.
    Recently a friend of mine who is suffering clinical depression told me she was advised to put everything worrying her into an imaginary box to be dealt with later....This she did...and the box was large...but as she added to it, it grew no bigger...in fact she noticed it seemed to be getting smaller. Now the box is so small she doesn't bother to put anything in it....Fascinating...

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  3. I'm not sure that this passage needs further explanation. Anyone who would misinterpret it isn't ready for the message.

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  4. Beautiful post. Very inspiring. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  5. I have an idea for worries (The Whatifs that Shel Silverstein and I call them on my blog this week). Write them on a piece of paper then get ride of them - burn them, flush them, recylce them and watch the garbage man haul them away. Or, write them on something that disappears naturally and/or quickly, like in the frosting top of a pan of brownies. Maybe then the worries will be purged and you'll be free to live.

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  6. I can't be reminded of this enough. Thank you!

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  7. Very comforting scripture.

    I dreamed all night last night that I hadn't read my book club book and was embarrassed during my book club meeting! Silly how worries even seep over into our subconscious. It can't be good for us....

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  8. Great post. I've never been a worrier. But I know people who are. And I know a couple who worry when they don't have anything to worry about.

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  9. Great post. I tend to ask myself if I can do anything to change it, if not, I don't worry.

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  10. Why do I never tire of Jesus' words? You nail getting great images and great thoughts.

    LOVE this blog.
    Patti

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