I recently heard a podcast in which Andy Stanley spoke about worry. He described one of the key ways in which we avoid worry is the realigning of our values so they are focused on God based values and not values of our “stuff”.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
When our thinking and life focus is entirely on our “stuff” (what we wear – eat – fame – job – prestige – popularity – etc) then we will worry because there is no way we can control the outcome or circumstances we find ourselves in. Worry is inherent in the such “out of control” situations.
We worry about what we are most devoted to:
- what we wear – eat – fame – job – prestige – popularity – etc
- the future
- will I have good health
- will I get married
- will I stay married
If we have a vested interest in something we tend to worry about it. But if there is no invested interest — our stress level drops. I don’t worry about what you are going to wear, or if you grand kids will get into college, and what kind of car you drive. I may have a passing concern, or maybe a compassionate feeling — but rarely will I stay awake at night worrying over them because they aren’t what I am devoted to.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When we find ourselves devoted — devoted fully — to God and His kingdom we can stop worrying. God has it all in control. We can trust Him. No worry. Sounds simple right? Well it isn’t as easy as all that, but there is definitely a “de-stressing” factor in becoming more and more devoted to God’s purposes and allowing Him to deal with tomorrow…..