“Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? ...Take therefore no thought for tomorrow; for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the trouble thereof.” Matthew 6:27, 34
I have been to so many funerals lately, that it prompts me to genuinely consider my life and what appears to be my gift for procrastination. —You know, taking life for granted and not really taking the time to live it to its fullest by only getting those things accomplished that "really" need to be done... Yet somehow every time I attend a funeral, I reconsider my life and my life’s goals; maybe this has happened to you.
Sometimes I wonder if I have fulfilled any of the “real goals” God desired for my life, and worry that somehow I am not fulfilling all the necessary aspects of what would truly be considered a conscious effort. There are times when all I want to do is simply rest from the thoughts of pushing through circumstances, helping those around me, and pursuing, pursuing, pursuing, like one of those rats on the proverbial spinning wheel. I simply want to leave the house, go for a long walk, and really look at all the trees that have outlived many of the people in their midst. People who simply took them for granted unless they needed shelter, shade, or the fruit of their labor. I am certain I am not the only person who has felt this way.
Sometimes life becomes way too busy, and our thoughts get way too cluttered with information that is irrelevant for God’s economy. We spend our time worrying, re-evaluating, and second-guessing, simply to find ourselves procrastinating, delaying the things we really know we need to accomplish. In the passage above, Jesus asks us the ultimate profound question, who by worrying can add one inch to his /her life? I know I cannot. --Can you?
The truth is, God has a way of taking the “worry” out of life, taking care of you so you can become the best you can be. It is up to you to have patience and to be ready, so when He calls you into living service, you can be the very best He needs. L.
Study Reference: Matthew 6:24-34
Excerpt from:"Reconsidering Life." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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