Adding one hour



Adding one hour


I probably ought to save this one for Sunday, but it came up today.

I’m a worrier. I’m not supposed to be. I know that. But to counteract it, I try to figure everything out. I won’t have to worry if I have everything under control. If I know where everything is and what everyone is doing and I keep it all twirling along perfectly, then I won’t worry. No problem.

Until there’s a problem, of course. Which there always is. There must always be, it seems sometimes, to me. What’s a good story without some conflict, right? A little drama.

Today I remembered something that I was worried about. I actually let it slip my mind, but I have a state report due Friday. I had it finished last week so I’d mentally shuffled it to “done”. I figured something out after it was all done, though. I had to go back and correct a number, but I never did. So today it hit me that it was due in two days. Oops! But it was easy to do, fix the number, submit it, send off the supporting documents. Oh, right, I need a signature from someone who is out of the country right now. But that’s working out, too. It’s going to review now and I don’t need the signature sheet until it gets officially submitted.

All that to say, “Phew!” Problem solved, nothing to see here. You can go back to normal, stomach acid producers!

But not worrying when there’s nothing to worry about (yeah, the anxious among us are thinking there’s never nothing to worry about) doesn’t mean you’re not a worrier. Not worrying is supposed to be our constant state. It’s like lying. Not lying when nothing is at stake is easy. Not lying when it means you might get in trouble if you tell the truth, that’s the test of integrity.

We worry about a lot in this life. Most of it feels pretty important. If it wasn’t, why would we stress over it? Luke 12 has a section that talks about worry. How we strive for things, though not unimportant, that are not worth our worry.  Worry takes our focus away from what’s really vital. Don’t waste time and energy on things we only think we control.

22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[d] 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;[e] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his[f] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Text from New Revised Standard Version

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