June 25, 2018
Matthew 6:25… Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
This is more about being anxious than it is about food and clothing. We all mostly plan for and prepare for our next meal. Is that being disobedient? I think not. That is being diligent.
Now, I just had a picture flash in my mind: It was of a young boy in some African village, sneaking up on a farmer planning to steal some vegetables for food. I have never experienced anything like that so it is easy for me to say, “I am not anxious about food.” But, as is often the case, I can’t relate to everybody on the planet. So I must check myself against the Bible and not everyone else. I don’t think I am anxious about food. I plan ahead and sometimes that means I have money in my wallet. But, I am not anxious. I wonder about clothing, though. When Karla and I moved early this month, we both commented on how many clothes we had accumulated. How many outfits does one need? Are we worried about being in a situation where we don’t have the right clothes? Are we anxious? I tried to decide how many coats I might need. In Arizona? But what if we drive north in the winter? I sort of fretted over certain possibilities. I ended up saving one, just in case. It felt right to give the others away. In the second chapter of Acts, we learn about the early church. The people had all things in common; the poor had plenty as did the rich. If you have too many clothes in your closet, look around; who needs some? Hording causes anxiety. Am I hording enough? What if? The Bible is consistent… think not only of yourself. Being generous is a principle we ought to live by.
Advertizing works against us. I used to go to this one store and check the closeout racks. At the end of their shelf life, shirts would hang together for $4.97 apiece. I couldn’t resist. During our recent move, I gave most of them away. Some, I had never worn. Some didn’t fit right. I owned them because i thought they were a good deal… not because I needed them. Learn to be content with what you have. If you notice anxiety, check for hording.