Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not to Worry

Life. It's busy. Fast-pace. Full of uncertainty and the frightening unknown....my life is, anyway.
Being a sophomore in high school, my schedule is always packed - the calender always full. There's school, church, sports, clubs, more school, odd jobs, driver's ed, extra-curricular activities, preparing for college...oh, and did anyone mention free time?
Often my busy life mentally catches up to me. Sometimes I get overwhelmed to the point of panic and tears. And the older I get, the more it happens, with more and more of thoughts like these bombarding my mind: What if I don't get good grades? What if I'm not doing enough extra-curricular activities? Will I even have enough money for college? And what will I do after college?
Recently I had another one of these breakdowns. I just felt helpless and hopeless. I felt like a failure - like I wasn't going anywhere. I wondered if I was really following God's will, and if my life was really worthwhile.

Do you ever feel like this? I know that teens aren't the only ones who get overwhelmed with life. It happens to everybody. Everyone wonders what the future might hold, and so we try to prepare for it. Preparing for the future is good, but the truth is, you can only do so much, and as for the rest, you have to leave it up to the Lord.
The last time worry hit me, I desperately turned to these words for help. Read this passage of scripture slowly, and dwell on the words - not just now, but every time you feel overwhelmed with life.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
There fore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his life?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- Matthew 6:24-34

The verse that really hit home with me was verse 33, Seek first the kingdom of God...and all these things shall be added to you. If we just seek God and His will, then we do not have to worry about anything else, because those things will be added unto us! We don't have to worry about life if we're seeking God every step.
I'm so glad I don't have to make decisions on my own. If I did, there's no telling where chance would take me! But God has a perfect plan for our lives. That's why we should consult him at every decision that comes our way.
And that's also why we shouldn't worry. God has everything in control. He loves us more than birds. He loves us more than flowers. So if God takes the time to care for those things, who can't even work to earn their food, don't you think He would take the time to care for us, those whom He loves more than anything?
Worry is a weapon the devil uses to make us miserable and to shake our faith in God. But we have an even more powerful weapon - scripture - that we can use against the attacks every single time.
So don't worry so much about the future that you miss out on today. Follow God's will, and He will take care of you!

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