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Worrying Less

By Benjamin H. Liles

          I don't recall how many times I have touched the subject of worrying through here, but I think we should revisit it once more. Jesus Christ told us, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33, Berean Study). What would happen if we re-prioritize our daily lives and actually put God first? I know of one person who said they make a daily list of things "Doable." At first things never got finished.

          But ever since this lady started making God her starting place every day she says, "Instead of it being the last thing on my list, I want it to be the one thing that has to come first. Call it what you will (silly, irrational, etc) but I have truly begun to think that if I just give God my time each day, the other details will work themselves out."

          Even two thousand years ago people worried. It was a time when Roman occupation of Israel was at its height and breadth. Everyone in Israel worried "about this, about that, how they would get by, and how can they fix this?" kind of living. But guess what? We all still live this way even now. Now, some call the Bible and God irrelevant as we are so much smarter these days.

          Yet Jesus also said, "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? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into 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 lifespan?" (Matthew 6:25-27).

          Can anything in life be worked out because you have made a list? Or are you doing things that don't put God first? I know I shouldn't talk. There are days I forget to make God first, but He's hardly at the end of my day, where I can't give Him at least five minutes. Did you know if you make God the first thing in your life, and His Son Jesus Christ, be it five minutes, fifteen minutes, or even an hour, the quality of your life just got tremendously better?

          There are a lot of people who say, "Meditation is great for you and your body." I agree with that, but with whom are they meditating on? Is it their own version of a god, or God of the Universe, whose Son is Jesus Christ of Nazareth? As I finish this article up, I just thought of what Paul wrote, "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" (Philippians 4:8, New Living Translation).

          Friend, where are your thoughts today, right now? If you have put God first, and you have a list of "things to do," why not make Him that object of "Whatever is noble and true, whatever is praiseworthy; think on these things." Be grateful for the things God has given you. Don't worry so much about what you got to on your list you made for the day. Things will work themselves out as long as you put God first in your routine. I hope this blesses and encourages you today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.