When an elderly man was asked what advice he could give younger generations, he responded;
“I wish I had not spent so much time worrying about what could’ve happened that never did.”
We find this advice to be biblically supported. Jesus tells us in Mathew 6:34
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
In a past article titled Do Something About It I shared how no amount of worry will ever change a thing, only action will. That advice was aimed at things within our control which we can change; fitness goals, career changes and hobbies just to name a few.
Jesus was very clear on his teachings on the subject of worry in the book of Luke. He told his disciples not to worry about their life, food, or clothes. He said life was more than these. He also asked them to consider the ravens: who do not sow nor reap and have no storeroom or barn yet God provides for them, and how much more valuable are you than the birds. Luke 12:22-24
He goes on to teach them about how the wild flowers grow without labor and not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. He said if God clothes the grass which is here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, how much more will He clothe you. He then in my opinion gets to the crux of the real issue, the issue I must admit where I fail the most. He says to them “-you of little faith.” Luke 12:27 & 28
Jesus goes on teaching about not worrying about what you’ll eat or drink, and how the pagan world runs after such things, and God already knows we need those things, He says to seek his kingdom and these things will be given. Luke 12:29-31
I love the closing verses of this passage. Jesus says to not be afraid, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. He says to sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no theif comes near and no moth destroys. And here’s the final verse. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:32-34
I’m thankful to have heard the elderly gentleman’s life advice; however I’m even more thankful for the true word of our living God. It’s always there for me, a roadmap, a life manual if you will. I just have to have faith, faith as little as a mustard seed, and to remember He has and always will provide the way!
May God continue bless you and remember:
Hard Work, Pays Off!