“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…” Matthew 6:25a
As I ponder the command from Jesus regarding anxiety, the first thought that comes to mind is: “easier said than done.” Our human ability to project into the future gives us the tendency to care about the future which often leads to a desire to control the future which can lead to …you guessed it…anxiety.
Anxiety is a close cousin to “caring passionately” and so it’s not surprising that one can lead to the other. What could be more natural: you care and so you begin to worry!! And yet Jesus commands us to love our neighbor (and so care for others) even as he commands us to not be anxious. This must be one of those paradoxes they talk about when they cite the ability of two seemingly contradictory things to be true at the same time!!
After years of battling the anxiety trap, I decided that a good way to stave it off is to say, “I just can’t worry about that right now.” If worry helped, then it would be important that we do it even if it meant self-sacrifice….but it doesn’t. Help. It hinders and corrodes.
So care…passionately. Pray. Be proactive and go into the world and make a difference. But do not be anxious about your life!!!