Hour of Power New Zealand

Worry vs. Responsibility

“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 store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

– Matthew 6:25-27

Worry steals more joy than anything else in our lives. It is the single force that can obliterate happiness and destroy peace. Of course, it’s easy to worry. If it wasn’t, who would do it? It’s always the path of least resistance to stress about what might happen to your job, in your business, with your health, or when things change. It’s easy to worry about North Korea, the economy, politics, your kids or your church. Worrying can be a lifelong sentence because there’s always something new to fret about.

That said, here’s the main thing I want you to know and remember: being a worrisome person is not the same as being a responsible person. Agonizing over what might happen doesn’t make you smarter or more successful. On the contrary, it takes away your strength, joy, clarity and vision. In essence, it saps your battery of the energy you need to do what God calls you to do. So be responsible, but don’t worry. You don’t have time for that!

Prayer


God, thank you for taking care of everything in my life so that I don’t have to worry. I commit my concerns to you and ask that you would teach me not to fret about what I can’t control.

Reflection


Do you find yourself worrying about things you can’t control? Are you ready to surrender those concerns to God?

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