Worry vs. Concern

Big D. makes his living in the financial sector, which has been less then desirable the past year- to say the least. He often times lies awake at night often thinking about the state of the economy, his clients, tomorrow, and goodness knows what else.

I always doze off by the time you count to three (which for the life of him, he can’t understand- but then again he isn’t chasing children all day). Last night I asked him if he was okay. Which of course he responded “yes” to.

Having been together for 11 years now I knew better.

I remembered reading something over the weekend, that I wanted to share with him. It could not have applied to him better.

Divine timing.

“Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body; what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds in the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and your your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

It goes on to say…

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father know that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 7:25-24

Our bible is the life application which explained the above scripture as follows:

PLANNING for tomorrow is time well spent.
WORRYING about tomorrow is time wasted.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference.

Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps and schedules and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry.

Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God.

They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.