Some things never change…

For the past two years I have, with few exceptions, stayed away from news/media broadcasts from any source.  The hyperbolic and sensationalized messages drove me to seek cleansing from the constant diatribe of negativity. With caution and apprehension I have begun to emerge from my media-blackout-cocoon.  This has not been encouraging.

As I have “emerged” I recently came across an article I, myself, had written several years ago at Thanksgiving relating to, and disparaging, an email sent to me entitled “7 Reasons to Worry About Next Week”.   It was clear to me that the message contained within this “Headline of the day”, written a couple of years ago, could have been written today.  Some things never change…

With a measure of misgiving I decided to view some recent news articles regarding worry to see what the purveyors of contingent information are telling us today.  They say… we should be worried about “the Fed rate, global warming, the economy, shingles, long-term care insurance, email, Social Security, antibiotic resistance, loose radiation material in Europe, Russia invading the Baltics…and on and on and on.  Some things never change… 

Below is the heading of the note, mentioned above, that came across my computer a couple of years back, as well as my response:

Headline of the day…  

7 Reasons to Worry About Next Week  “It’s the time of the year to be thankful, but that’s hard to do when the European debt crisis isn’t getting any better and the MF Global fiasco is getting uglier. There’s also more uncertainty from companies that aren’t necessarily insolvent. Just wait until you hear what Corporate America has to say next week.” 

My Response…

worry…there is a “time of year” to not be thankful…

It was not just the overall, negative message of this headline that caught my attention, it was the word “worry”, plus the implication that there is a “time of year” to not be thankful.  This truly is a worldly message and probably designed by some financial guru to sell me his self-proclaimed remedy for worry and philosophy on situational-thankfulness.

I did not open his message or look at his 7 Reasons.  Instead, I went to the Bible, a source I trust, to see what God has to say about worry and being thankful.  I found that nearly every admonition relating to “worry” began with the words, “do not”.  The teachings relating to “thankful” began with the words “be”, “being” or “I am”.  

Do not worry” and  “Be thankful.”

We need a different Headline of the day…

Headline of the day…though written two millenia ago…some things never change…

7 Reasons to Not Worry About Next Week (a message from Jesus as recorded in Matthew Chapter 6)

  1. “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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”V. 25
  1. “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?” V. 26   
  1. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” V. 27
  1. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” V. 34
  1.  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” V.28-30
  1. “So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” V. 31,32
  1. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” V. 33

May you, today, this week, this Thanksgiving and always…

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

Have a blessed, worry-free, Thanksgiving Celebration,

Michael Rueffert

PS  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus as recorded in John 16:33

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