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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 than food, and the body more 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 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


     These words come from Matthew 6:25-34. They talk to us about worry.  Worry is one of those topics that can bother us greatly. Worry can cause physical stress on our bodies. It can cause heart problems, loss of sleep, and weight gain. Worry is indeed something that God does not want to happen to us. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to make things hard on ourselves and we worry.

     Matthew in these words works hard at reminding us that God is a God of provision and since he has provided for all of creation, He will provide for us as well. Now, it does not say just sit back and do nothing and it does not say just take whatever comes your way. The word says we will be provided for.

     Sometimes we lose focus and we place our stock in things that the world finds important rather than placing our stock in what gives us life. So, what are those things that give you life? Spending time with your children and Grandchildren? Working with plants and the dirt? Maybe it is even cleaning and bringing order to something that is chaos?

     When you take part in those life giving activities what happens? Your blood pressure drops, your stress level decreases, and your mood changes. Also, there is no worry in your soul. Brothers and sisters may you find the time to invest in those things that give you life and not worry today.