Do Not Worry

BirdsinAutumnSky

It’s nearly the middle of January. Are you used to writing 2015 yet? My, how the years seem to fly by! My friend Libby often quotes, “The days are long, but the years are short,” to young mothers. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Libby and I were young mothers, supporting each other, but I can tell it’s been years because now everything is short—the days, the years, and even the decades.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve stopped making New Year’s resolutions, but I do have a few “goals” this year. Most of them have to do with living more simply. Yes, I bought a stack of plastic bins and plan to de-clutter. Buying a new set of bookcases is also on my list to organize my vast collection of novels that I’ve acquired over the last thirty years.

Not buying things that aren’t necessities is also on my list, lol. (Books are necessities!)

But my biggest goal is to stop worrying. Living simply for me means trusting God, and worrying is the exact opposite of that.

Jesus had this to say about worry:

“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 clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25-27

Although in my middle-class lifestyle, I don’t worry about food there’s plenty else that I do worry about. Mainly family, friends, work, and the future. Just the biggies.

I know God will provide concerning all the things I fret over, just as he does for the birds of the air. My goal this year is to live that knowledge in light of just how short this life is—I don’t want to chew it up with worry.

Photo credit: Birds In Autumn Sky by David Wagner

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Leslie Gould (33 Posts)

Leslie Gould is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the #1 bestseller and Christy Award winner "The Amish Midwife", co-written with Mindy Starns Clark. Her latest release is "Adoring Addie", a retelling of the “Romeo and Juliet,” the second in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. Leslie, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com. Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com.


Comments

  1. Hi Leslie. Nice to visit with you on Not Quite Amish. It’s been a while.
    I know what you mean by life passing you by. Same here. I can remember the day Don and I married. Almost 46 years ago!! Seems like yesterday our daughter Lee Ann was born. She turned 42 in December. Days go by quickly . They turn to months and then years and before you realize it you’re retired, with children and grandchildren grown and the great grandchildren starting school.
    I’m asking myself ” Where has my life gone?”
    All the more important to give all my worries to God because He does care for me. Worrying never slowed down the passing of days. It does however turn a person’s hair to Gray and put a scowl on their face. God still has great plans for me. He takes care of me just when I need it.
    God Bless you Leslie and your family
    Shirley

    • Dear Shirley,
      Thank you so much for your comment! And for your remembrances! I so appreciate it. Yes, we can dye our gray hair but we can’t hide the scowls that come from worry. God does care for us–eternally.
      Blessings to you and yours too,
      Leslie

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