Friday, November 21, 2008

Running out of air??

Do I worry about air?

Do I worry there is not enough to breathe?

Do I hoard air? Keep it in plastic bags and bottles? Just in case for emergency?


As I was driving to work this morning, this thought don on me. It sounds pretty silly to worry about air..or the lack of it.

How often do I worry about not enough money or enough food or enough daily necessities that God richly provides (Matthew 6:19-34)

How often do I wonder if there is enough to live off of like if there is enough air to keep me alive.


Reading the passage, the interesting thing about do not worry is not even about worrying at all. Jesus tells His Disciples in verse 33, to seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness.

Having more does not stop worrying.

For the things on earth will run out sooner or later. We will never have enough money to satisfy ourselves (how often do someone say, I have enough money). The things we buy will rust away. Thieves can come and take it.

Rather, the antidote is to Seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness.

As I go around living day to day, I don't stop and worry whether God provides enough air for us to live. How is that any different than my daily providence?

In fact, I don't even think about if air at all. It is natural. I don't stop and see whether there is enough air. When I live and I do what I do, I stop worrying whether there is enough air to breathe. When I seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, the worrying fades away.

And this is not about me. This is about having God working through me. As I participate in His Grace, the Glory goes back to Him. And this is no longer about myself. It is no longer self seeking.

The focus is not don't worry. The worry-ness is a side effect of focusing on earthly treasures. This makes me think about all the things that I am accustom and grew up believing ( money, education, job, security etc.)

Focus on Him. And the worry-ness will fade away.

Next time I think about earthly things, I should remind myself, am I hoarding air? :)

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