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Anxiety check for this Thankful Thursday

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Today I’m thankful for birds and bees, here’s why…

Have you looked at the birds today? Have you thought of who takes care of them? Who provides food for them? Who makes the bugs that they should eat?

Matthew 6:26 makes us turn our gaze towards the sky and look for the proof that will back up Jesus‘ statement. It raises the question of control. Who is really in control of life today, right this second? It’s not you for sure! You are not seeing that all the birds have enough water, or food or shelter, not even for yourself.

Even if we become anxious about all the birds in the sky, we cannot give them the next breath. That’s when we realize how powerless we really are! So why bother in being anxious? If we can’t even add a single hour to our lives?

Why add anxiety to our hours, if we can choose to add joy to our day!

This whole passage of Matthew 6 is a big reality check. The climax is when Jesus says we should not be anxious about our life. How does He convince us that it is not profitable or something we ought to do? Well, He makes us realize our littleness. We are but a vapor and He is in control of the whole world.

When we worry, the least thing we think about is BIRDS. Or FLOWERS, or the other millions of people in the world, we just focus on SELF. What we need, what we are missing, our troubles, our lack of “you-name-it”. So to get us to stop being self-centered Jesus just invites us to look up, look outside and look to Him.

We are not the only ones on earth, yet, God is still in control of everyone and us at the same time! He makes His point so clear that bringing up something so trivial like lilies of the field, something we do not worry about, but still need care, breaks any reasons we might have to defend our worry or anxiety.

I am not writing this as an expert on dealing with anxiety, I write this because I need to preach it to myself too! And I thought someone else might need to be reminded of this. So I hope you enjoy todays little reminders of Who really is in control of your life!

What makes you anxious the most? 
What else helps you exchange anxiety with joy?

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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4 thoughts on “Anxiety check for this Thankful Thursday

  1. In 2006 I had a stroke at age 27. That is a big fat kick in the face that says two things 1. “you aren’t in control” and 2. “enjoy the dickens out of life”. So that is precisely what I did. I’m not saying I never worry that my kids might be up to something or that I couldn’t be more comfortable with more money, but it really and truly doesn’t worry me. My poor mother has spent her and my entire life being upset about the past. Seriously she called me the other day distraught because she found out we had been slave owners in the 1700’s. I cannot make her understand that she is so worried about how she performed as a mother and how her mother could have been better, and I suppose if my black friends will now hate her, that she has no time left to have fun. Possibly I am having a lovely life as a way to rebel against my mother, I have no idea, LOL. But the stuff covered in this post is really so important. I hope more people read your post and learn to let go and just live for a while. It’s so nice!
    Feel free to stop by at http://lovelytl33.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks for sharing! we really are so fragile and life can change in a second, which makes us exercise our ability to trust God, it’s not natural, I know for me I have to make the choice every day, every hour! Let’s keep enjoying life fully!! 🙂
      And thanks for the link to your blog, keep it up for Nano and NaBlo!! 🙂

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