What’s worrying You? – Vicar’s weekly thought 17th March

What’s worrying You?

Do you ever lay awake at night worrying? Jesus tells us, ‘not to worry about everyday life.’ [1] That’s hard especially if you’re struggling to make ends meet – think of the growing numbers of people reliant upon foodbanks. Even if we’re financially solvent there’s still plenty to worry about our families, our future, our career success, what others think of us, are we popular (how many likes do we get on social media) – the list is endless. We can become so hooked on worrying, that we worry about having nothing to worry about. What did Jesus mean when he told his followers not to worry about tomorrow?

Tom Wright says, ‘We must assume he led them by example. He wasn’t always looking ahead
anxiously, making the present moment count only because of what might come next. No: he seems to have had the skill of living totally in the present, giving attention totally to the present task, celebrating the goodness of God here and now.’ [2] Jesus’ answer to worrying, ‘Seek the
Kingdom of God above all else’  [3] , that should be our top priority, as it was for Jesus himself. When we put that first, praying the Lord’s Prayer and living according to the pattern he sets out here, food and drink and clothes look after themselves. So when you next find yourself worrying remember the advice of Peter, ‘Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’ [4]
[1] Matthew 6.25, [2] Matthew for Everyone. Tom Wright, [3] Matthew 6.33, [4] 1Peter 5.7