As Paul and I were driving home from Houston, we were listening to some of our favorite music selections from his iphone.
The song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” came up. As I sang along, noting how magically it lightened my mood and lifted my spirits, my thoughts shifted to the political climate that seems to be so all-consuming these days.
Though it may be appropriate to be concerned about the State of our Union during these times, it seems to me there is much more going on in the thoughts and conversations of my fellow Christians than just prayers and appropriate concern.
The ‘conversation’ I am seeing all around me is one more of fear, anxiety, anger, condemnation and despair.
But, wait a minute. Aren’t we supposed to be the ones who boast of a BIG, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-loving God?
I think the song says it well as does this passage from Matthew 6. Consider the words of Jesus:
25 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?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
When we’ve done all that we can, it’s time to sit back, relax, have faith, don’t worry and be happy!
Why? Because Jesus told us to.