Matthew 6:28, “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
What are you worried about heading into the weekend? Today that word ‘worry’ means, to have anxious concern or apprehension about a possible danger, misfortune, failure or disappointment. Beyond that, the word ‘worry’ has a pretty fascinating history. It can be traced back to the old German word “wurgen” which means to strangle, which is exactly what worry does to our joy and fulfillment every day. Our modern dictionary adds some more vivid imagery to the idea of strangle. It adds the words harass or tear apart. If we add all those together, the word ‘worry’ means it strangles us, harasses us, and tears us apart all day long and through the night as well.
However, one time Jesus asked His followers why they worried about what they would eat? Or what they would drink? Or what they should wear? Instead He says, “…your heavenly Father knows that you need them….seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you…” (Matthew 6:28-34)
So don’t let worry destroy your weekend, instead seek to honor God in everything you say or do and leave the worry behind.
Think about it…and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D