Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. 28 “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! 31 “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. 32 Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, 33 and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (NLT)

“No man can serve two masters.”  That every human being is mastered by something is not in question. Another fact is that we alone get to choose our own masters. Jesus assumes that we all understand that we have a free-will.  In our choices we will either be mastered by our fear or our faith.  The end result for the believer is to trust God and not be overly concerned about the things of this life.  The passage is like a mathematical statement. When you add up the facts you come to the only reasonable conclusion.  “… seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”  Every day has enough to be concerned about by its own self.

A short summary of this long passage is simply, “Don’t worry be Happy.”  We should not spend our time paying interest on things that have not even happened.  That is what worry is. It is paying payments on something before you even get it.  Most of the things that we worry about never come to pass.  Therefore, it is foolish to worry about them.  Most of the other things that happen in life we have absolutely no control over.  Therefore, it is just as foolish to worry about them as well.  It is much better for us to be concerned about our relationship to God and the certainty of eternity.  He is the only One who really can do something about anything all the things that are truly important!

PRAYER:  Father, far too often my mind is fixed on things that I cannot change or things that are not real at all.  Help me to stay focused on Your kingdom and plan for my life.  I can live without all of those things but I cannot live without You.  You created me to enjoy all that You are and all that You made.  Help me to enter into that joy everyday.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.

COMMITMENT: Happiness and worry are choices,  or the Lord would not have told me that I must choose between them.  I do choose and my choice is happiness.  I will fight worry and I will be happy.  I intentionally focus more on the “wows” than on the “whys!”

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