June 18, 2016
“Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life span?” (Matthew 6:24-34))
Some Scripture messages are timeless, aren’t they? Today’s gospel is just as accurate and timely now as it was back in Jesus’ day.
The Scripture quote from Matthew is rhetorical, for the obvious answer is “No, there is no added benefit to worrying.” The question is perhaps better asked as, “How much time do we lose each day worrying about things that are unimportant?”
I won’t speak for you, but I know my response would be, “I spend way too much time doing just that.”
What if every time we began worrying about unimportant things, we were somehow able to check ourselves? What if we instead spent that time on something that is important, using what would have been wasted minutes on things like prayer and serving others? If we all committed to doing that, what would our world look like?
For self-centered human beings who hate to relinquish control (like most of us), not worrying is pretty risky. We would feel vulnerable. If we don’t worry about these unimportant things, who will? Hopefully, no one.
Jesus encourages us to put the petty, time-wasting worrying aside. He says, “My grace is sufficient for you…” (from 2 Corinthians)