Do Not Worry

I come from a long line of worrywarts. I am third generation, at the very least. My mother and grandmother passed this affliction down to me. I sometimes get wrapped up in trying to micromanage all aspects of my life, my hubby’s life, my mother’s life, etc, because I’m worried about what MIGHT happen. (As if worrying will stop a bad thing from happening.) Every now and then, Jesus jabs me in the side and reminds me to read about when he said “Do Not Worry”.

I know you think I’m nuts, but when I’m praying, Bible passages will jump into my head. Now, I don’t know for sure if Jesus is giving them to me, or if I am doing it subconsciously. But, how I figure it is “When in Doubt, Thank God”. So, when I get a Bible passage jump into my head during a prayer, whether it is my subconscious or Jesus’ recommendation to help answer my problems, I read it.

Today, just before I starting writing this blog entry, it happened again. I was praying, then reading the Bible, and this verse jumped into my head. Apparently, I am really hard-headed and need to read this many more times to make it a part of me. Every time I read it, it is like I am reading it for the first time. So, for the gazillionth time, I’m going to read this again. And I thought while I was at it, I would share it with you.

This is part of what Jesus said during his “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 6:25-34:

25"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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies 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, O 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. (NIV)

So, hopefully, for the next few days, I will remember to “Seek first His Kingdom” instead of worrying…. Wish me luck…

By the way, I’ve copied the text above from BibleGateway.com. It has the whole Bible, many different versions of it, online. It is very, very handy and has lots of neat stuff like searches that help a bunch.

Incidentally, I use the “New International Version” (NIV) translation of the Bible. I didn’t start to read the Bible until I was in my early forties. (see my website, X-Evolutionist.com, for my testimony) Since I was not brought up reading all the thee’s and thou’s, the King James Version of the Bible made no sense to me. So, my boyfriend, who is now my hubby, gave me a copy of the New International Version of the Bible. It is a newer translation, made in 1973, in modern English.

The NIV was translated from the earliest manuscripts possible, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, which had not been found yet when the King James Bible was translated in 1611. Plus, there is no need to call God thee and thou. These pronouns were used for everybody in 1611 England, and there is nothing disrespectful towards God in using modern pronouns. (In my humble opinion)

X

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19 responses to “Do Not Worry

  1. Gerry

    Hi X,Great post. I also am a big worrier like my dad was, even though I said I wouldn\’t get that way. I also have leaned on that same passage that you just mentioned. Verses also come into my head sometimes when I\’m praying or at other times. I think God intended it to work that way. Kind of like when David said, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you". Psalm 119:11. That\’s the verse that came into my head when I read what you said. As far as Bible translations, I\’ve read the whole NIV as I went to a couple churches a while back that used it. Now I mostly read the New King James as our Church is a Calvary Chapel and that\’s what most of them use. I still read the NIV sometimes and I also like the old KJV when I\’m in the right mood for it. Other times it seems to archaic. Anyway that\’s my babel for today. I hope you had a good weekend!Gerry http://gerrya2u.spaces.live.com/

  2. Greg

    Good post, X. Nice to see you\’re blogging again.

  3. Jen

    Morning, X. Yup. Definitely! No point worrying as life tends to take its own course. An old friend of mine once said: "There\’s no point worrying. If it hasn\’t happened yet, it might not, and if it HAS happened, you\’re too (insert blank!) late anyway!"

  4. ThisIsMyHomeRightHereWithYou

    Yup what jen says is exactlly what my oldish man says, Mine is- If you cannot do anything to change/stop it then no point in the worrying.Take care X, have a lovely monday

  5. Jen

    Or, a slightly reworked version of mine: If it hasn\’t happened yet, don\’t worry, you\’re too early. And if it has, you\’re too bloomin\’ late!

  6. X-Evolutionist

    @Everybody, The comments on this post reminded me of a humorous poster that was in my Grandma and Grandpa\’s kitchen for years:"Why Worry?There are only two things in life to worry about:Whether you are well or whether you are sick.If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about.But if you are sick,there are only two things to worry about:Whether you are going to get well or whether you are going to die.If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about.But if you die,there are only two things to worry about:Whether you are going to go to heaven or whether you are going to go to hell.If you go to heaven, then you have nothing to worry about.But if you go to hell,you\’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends,that you won\’t have time to worry!"X

  7. Jen

    Oh no. Your bad! (As Jeffrey might say;-)

  8. Diana

    Thoughtful post, X! I remember this line in Bible studies in my previous life as a Catholic school girl (note the word ‘previous’). I’m sorry but that promise doesn’t match up with my experience. If my Mum didn’t worry about how she was going to pay my school fees then I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do now. There have been too many bitter disappointments, blood, sweat and tears for me not to appreciate what fickle success may bring. I’ve aged 500 years since I graduated uni at the age of 21. Duty & sacrifice (not to mention the pressure all around) are too heavy a burden and it’s now way too much a part of my identity to let go. Heck, I don’t even trust a man to take care of me let alone an unseen entity. I have bought into the lie that says that if I don’t at least give my job/career a chance, I have nothing. In that sense, I sympathise with the yearnings and ideals of the hippies, recluse & fringe dwellers of society. But only when the world change in a real, practical way that enables everyone to live such that we don’t need to worry about what we eat, what we wear and where we live that only then I can stop worrying. But I see your point nevertheless.

  9. X-Evolutionist

    @Diana Le: Thank you for sharing your experiences. It sounds like you\’ve had a difficult life. I understand what you are going trhough. I\’m sorry to hear that.I\’ve had some really bad times, too. It\’s funny, or not, that all my really difficult times have come since I came to believe in God 12 years ago. It is during the really difficult times that I\’ve been able to see God working in my life. He\’s given me a really crash course in faith. X

  10. X-Evolutionist

    Oops. I forgot my own advice. I\’ve had a lot of worries this week. X

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