In Mathew 6.33 Jesus speaks to people who’re anxious and worrying.  What will I wear?  What will I eat?  What will I get?  What if stuff doesn’t turn out the way I want?  I’ve been drawn to this passage for a long time because I can relate.  I’m a worrier.  I don’t know if I inherited it (my parents and grandparents were often up in the middle of the night…”can’t sleep”…fretting) or came to it on my own; but I do worry about things that haven’t happened yet, even feeling bad about outcomes that haven’t happened yet.  It’s not always a pleasant or helpful way to live.  Know what I mean?

But in Matthew 6 Jesus offers us a healing balm.  Don’t be anxious.  Don’t worry about all the stuff you want to get.  Don’t fret about tomorrow.  Deal with tomorrow tomorrow.  Right now seek first the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness and all that other will come as needed.

So what does that mean?  Get inside the ancient Biblical language and it’s really pretty simple.  It’s about love.  Love God.  Love your neighbor.  Love yourself.  The closer you get to that three-way-love the more you reflect God’s righteousness (right-relatedness) in your mind and heart and life.  Center your life in that three-way-love and you’ll discover God’s “kingdom” coming true within you and without you.  As scripture says in many places and in many ways—don’t be anxious.  Don’t be afraid. Seek first to love—love God, love others, love you.  Trust God and trust the journey.  You’ll sleep better.  Also, you’ll change the world around you.

All good things to you, david

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