“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about 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? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27 NIV
Whether you are a Christian, member of another faith, or do not believe in God at all, this is good advice.
Sometimes, living with ease involves faith that things will work out. They may not work out the way you planned. You may have to adapt.
Worry is the belief that something may happen that I am too inflexible to handle.
Many times, something unexpected happens and I think, “This is terrible. What am I going to do?” Wouldn’t it be better to think, “Well, this is interesting. What new possibilities does this bring to me?”
“Yeah,” you respond, “What if I can’t pay the rent?”
I respond, “And worrying yourself sick is going to make you richer?”
Can you think your way out of your anxieties? Sometimes you can. Other times, it takes a little faith in whatever has meaning to you. If nothing has meaning to you, you might want to start by asking “why don’t I believe in anything?”
Will your worrying add one hour to your life?
Plain and Simple Advice
Not believing in anything bigger than yourself is a lonely place to live. Next time you are worried or anxious, look into your heart. It is there we can find the strength to face life with less fear, not in our bank accounts, our clothes closets, or even a therapist’s office.