No Worries!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1Samuel 22-24; Luke 12:1-31

 

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23  There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothing. 24  Consider the ravens: they neither plant nor harvest, they have no silo or barn, yet God feeds them. You are worth so much more than birds! 25  Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?[d] 26 If you can’t do such a small thing, why worry about the rest? 27 Notice how the lilies grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 28 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, how much more will God do for you, you people of weak faith! 29 Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. 30 All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well (Luke 12:22-31, Common English Bible).

One night several years ago, Cindy and I went out for dinner with friends. My friend and Cindy started talking about worry. I am not sure these days how the subject of conversation ended up there, but it did. My friend said he worried about everything. We said he was worried about how and when he would get his student loans paid off. He was worried about where he and his wife would live when he retired. Would he be able to get a part time appointment so he could focus on other stuff instead of being worried constantly about the family budget.

Cindy told him she didn’t worry about anything (not a completely true observation). While Cindy worries less about things than anyone I have ever known, she does worry on occasion. She said if something is going to happen, it’s going to happen. Worrying about it isn’t going to change the facts as they are playing out so why worry.

My friend then said, in words dripping in sarcasm, “Gee thanks Cindy. Now I’m going to worry that you don’t worry.”

For many of us, yours truly included, lorry is just a way of life. How am I getting the bills paid? Who will take care of the kids if something bad happens to me? When can I retire? Those and probably 500 more things exist that we can worry about.

Worry, however, isn’t good for us. Here are four effects of worry that aren’t good for any of us:

  • Worry communicates to friends and family that everything might not be Okay.
  • Worry is heavy and uncomfortable.
  • It is bad for you as you feel terrible.
  • You force the burden of your worries onto other people. *

The list of the negative effects of worry is not an exclusive list. We can just look at it as a reminder that worry isn’t good for any of us.

I once heard it said that worry is the opposite of faith. If you are worried, you are failing to acknowledge that God is in charge and looks out for any of us. We all need to let God be in charge. That starts with me.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

3 thoughts on “No Worries!

  1. Keith:
    Really appreciate your Pastor’s Ponderings. Keep up the good work! Very creative. To the point. On target.
    Charles

  2. Keith,

    There are days I might benefit from being more like a raven. Thanks for giving me a reminder to give my worries and stress over to God, he knows more about it than I do.

    Gayla Neel

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