“Do not be anxious.” -Jesus

Jesus commands me to not be anxious. Today, I’m still anxious. I won’t go down the list of why, but I’m anxious. And Jesus telling me I’m not supposed to be anxious actually just makes me more anxious.

It makes me anxious about being anxious. Okay, I’m exaggerating.

Still, I don’t enjoy days like this. And even though I know the right thing to do, it doesn’t mean I’m good at it.

Also, this: “Tomorrow will bring more trouble. Today has enough trouble of its own.”

How is that supposed to make me less anxious?!

Well, at least Jesus is realistic.

Oh yeah, what am I supposed to do?

  1. Cast my anxiety on Him, because He cares for me.
  2. In everything, by prayer and petition, present my anxieties to God, and His peace that is beyond understanding will guard and keep me.
  3. Look at the birds. They don’t have opposable thumbs, and they do okay. Also, worrying will shorten your life, not extend it.

Okay, okay, I get it. Not being anxious doesn’t mean I have to be delusional. Trouble happens every day.

But so does Jesus. And Jesus trumps trouble. Does that make me feel better?

Actually, it does a little. What, I’m working on it!

(Lent 31/40)

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