Eighty percent of what you worry about never happens is the expression which immediately comes to mind. Is it really the case? Who knows? What is important is the concept, the idea in itself. Jesus is not saying that we shouldn’t be smart in life and make the best decisions we can. He is telling us not to worry as our important needs will be met.
What do you worry about? Finding a daycare spot for a child? Paying the mortgage? Fixing the car? Health concerns? This list is brief and you likely have other items to add. However, I am sure that you get the gist of it.
Most of us have such lists, and I would suggest that much of what causes us to worry is out of our control. Granted, there may be times when we can take measures to reduce the risk of something happening. However, for the most part, it is out of our control, and yet we worry.
What is within our control is how we choose to face the situations we encounter. Jesus’ message is simple: Strive for God’s kingdom and these things will be given to you as well. (verse 31)
A powerful reminder about what is truly important.
Dear Lord, I choose to follow you. Amen. — DR