Gospel Reading and Thoughts for March 2, 2014

Gospel Reading and Thoughts for March 2, 2014

Gospel – Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:Jesus teaching 4
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

This Gospel may well have read, “Shannon, do not worry about your life.  Do not worry about tomorrow.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.”  I am not typically a worrier.  I don’t stew over things beyond my control to the point where it creates anxiety that spills into the rest of my life.  But I am a planner.  For anyone who knows me, knows that I like to have a plan – for the day, for the week, for the month.  And sometimes I have contingency plans if details don’t work out.  Oftentimes a list accompanies my plans.  But I am learning to use the plans, the lists, as a tool rather than a crutch. 

It’s kind of like saying, “Okay, God, I’ve got a plan because I have things I have to do today.  This list will keep me organized and on task.  But I understand if you have a different plan and you need my day to go a diffferent way. ”  I need to be ready to accept this “script-change” on both a daily basis and as a plan for my life.  Changes happen during the day and I don’t get to this task or that, but amazingly, my world continues to turn.  Changes happen in my life where things that I didn’t intend seem to get in the way of my plan.  But God is just sending me on a detour perhaps because my way is the wrong direction. 

Lord, help me accept changes that I don’t plan for and let you take care of all my tomorrows without worry.

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