Todd Johnson

Family Pastor

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “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? 26 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? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 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? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

This passage has spoken to me often over the last 16 months a lot. The last few months of Bethany’s life, my mind would spiral into anxiety overload. I started thinking of how I was going to raise the boys by myself, how do I take care of the house and meals, how do I keep up with everyone’s birthdays and buying gifts for all occasions? I had nights where I couldn’t sleep because these thoughts overwhelmed me. Bethany was a rock; she would remind me of God’s promises and His Word that told me not to be anxious. I sure miss her.

This passage is one I must remind myself of regularly. Take the time to read it slowly and carefully. There is so much good and comforting truth in it. God cares about every detail of your life. My mantra in life has become “take one day at a time.” The Lord will give me what I need to get through that day, and He doesn’t want me worrying about tomorrow. Focus on the day that lies ahead and be looking for the opportunities He gives me to share Him with others. I am not going to lie, this is all easier said than done, but we are all a work in progress. Strive to live one day at a time and allow the Lord to use you for great things for His kingdom. Lay your worries and concerns at His feet and He will take care of them. Choose joy and be grateful for the little things in life.