19 Feb Don’t Worry…
Don’t get so upset; just relax. Telling a person to relax is like walking by someone stuck in a tree and telling them to just get down. They would probably get down if they could, but they are stuck. No one wants to be stressed and full of worry, but becoming relaxed is not easy.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was a big hit for Bobby McFerrin. In fact, the song won Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 1989 Grammy Awards. In all, McFerrin won 10 Grammys over his career. His talent resonates with people, and so did his biggest hit.
If we were given the choice between worry and happiness, we would prefer to be happy. McFerrin says, “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy.” McFerrin did not come up with this idea, he just put it to music.
Jesus talks about worry in Matthew 6:25-34. Jesus explains that we should not worry about what we will eat, drink, or wear as clothing. God provides for all of creation, and He certainly will take care of us. Jesus tells us worry makes our troubles double: “Each day will have enough trouble of its own” (34b). Compared to the peasants Jesus was speaking to that day in “The Sermon on the Mount”, I am not sure what real trouble we deal with on a daily basis.
The world is a tough place to live, but our little slice of the earth has it pretty good. I am not sitting in judgment of you. I am guilty as well. What do we worry about? I believe the reality for many of us is trouble is not really part of our lives.
Jesus spoke those words to poor people—working class folks who lived day to day. They are much different from us. They were hungry and thirsty and did not have extra clothing. They knew what we try to avoid admitting: this day is all we have.
None of us knows what tomorrow holds. None. Of. Us. Jesus says, eagerly chasing our earthly needs prevents us from being with Him. That chase is about security in this life at the sacrifice of security in the life to come. We can never stockpile enough supplies to truly be secure. I am not sitting in judgment of you…but God will.
It may seem silly to tell someone to just be happy, but that advice is grounded in a solid theology of faith and hope. All we have is today, and not even the full 24 hours. We have this moment.
Jesus says to seek first His plans and His salvation (33). Jesus is our main priority, and everything takes care of itself as long as we are seeking Jesus with each day we are given. If we seek Jesus, we will find security, and worry will fall from our minds. Even if we do not have enough of what the world values, we will have all that God values. The worry of today is enough for today, but happiness comes from our belief in the end of worry in the life to come.
Blessings to you,