We have to go through another round of waiting for test results. We worry but realize that there is a greater risk of getting the virus for those working in the health care profession. We’re grateful for those who go to work each day with a mission to care for the sick. We continue to keep them surrounded in our prayers and encourage you not to grow weary in praying for them.
It’s so easy to simple say “just don’t worry” but it’s also unrealistic. We worry. Some of us are big time worriers. We worry about our health. We worry about our investments or if our business will survive. We worry about our children. We worry about our parents and grandparents. We worry about paying our bills.
There is nothing we can say that will remove worrying from your life. But we can remind you that worrying can become harmful and when that occurs it leads to a weakening of trust. Worry leads you away from being attentive to God and worry can destroy your confidence in God. Worry creates distance and it builds barriers between creature and creator.
It’s been said that…
40% of the things we worry about are things that will never happen.
30% of the things that worry us are about the past, which obviously can’t be changed.
12% of our worry comes from criticism by others, mostly criticism that is untrue.
10% of worry is about health, which gets worse because we worry about our health.
8% of the things we worry about are real problems, but problems that can be solved (and worry does not solve anything).
Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:24-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
What do you worry most about?
How has worry impacted your relationship with others and with God?
Who worries about you?
Prayer: Holy God, I know that worrying sometimes gets in my way of engaging more deeply in the gifts that life brings. So, remind me to look at the birds and to trust you. Amen.
To view previous readings click HERE