How to Stop Worrying

While I’m contemplating my rotting house (found out last night they make this vinyl drip fascia that runs along there, which costs money but will solve the problem), I got the annual bill for house insurance. Then got one for the car insurance. I always forget about insurance bills and they always come at the wrong time.

Houses falling apart and money flying away tend to make a guy worry, especially when that guy has a wife and three kids and everything else falling apart too.

Worry is a worrisome thing. Jesus commands us not to worry, so when I do, I worry that I’m worrying. I don’t think that was His point.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”

He says it so easily. “Oh, OK Jesus, I’ll just go ahead and stop worrying now.” How does this happen? How can Jesus say it? I said this the other day:

Flesh people think water, food, clothing and shelter are vital.
Spirit God thinks the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, righteousness and eternity are vital.

God has a different view of life. We, being physical think bread is important: Jesus says man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. If we fed our Spirit as automatically as we fed our bodies, we’d be better off.

We, being physical, think water is important: Jesus tells the woman at the well she can have the Holy Spirit and never thirst again. When she sees His point, she leaves her waterpot and runs to tell others about the Messiah. If we drank the Spirit, were filled with Him, as much as we quenched our physical thirst, we’d be better off.

We, being physical, think clothing is important, not just to cover us up, but to make us look gooood: Jesus says we need to be clothed in righteousness. If we took as much time making being concerned with righteous living as we do paying attention to our physical appearance, we’d be better off.

We, being physical, think it’s crucial to have shelter: Jesus tells us to seek a heavenly home, don’t mind this earthly tent, but live for your eternal home. If we took as much time furnishing our heavenly home as we do fixing up our physical home, we’d be better off.

We mind the wrong things. Constantly. Physical things are so temporary, so fleeting, there’s really no point in getting hot and bothered over them. Mind the heavenly, not the earthly. It’s the heavenly that lasts.

I imagine this makes more sense to a guy in heaven than it does to a guy here. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word, He knows what He’s talking about. Set your affections on things above, don’t get entangled with the affairs of this life.

Worry flees when heaven is your true home.

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