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?
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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