Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Little Snippet, part 5

From Pessimism to Optimism

Don’t worry, be happy. No, really. Why do you worry? You can’t get prettier, wear nicer clothes, have better meals by worrying. You can’t add a single hour to your life by worrying.

In the last snippet I looked at the pessimism of Ecclesiastes. As soon as I had posted that (an hour before church) I looked at the verses I knew were this Sunday’s Scripture lesson: Matthew 6: 25 – 34. Since I had never been the kind of kid in school that went above and beyond I try to be that student now in regards to church. I hone up on the Scripture so I’ll get more out of the sermon. It works, too, and God always gives me an amazing coincidence.

I went from the pessimism of Ecclesiastes to the optimism of Jesus’ words in Matthew: Don’t worry. Don’t worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or drink. Don’t worry about your body (and I had just started a diet). Don’t worry about what you will wear (which I had just been doing).

This lovely passage goes on to make comparisons with birds and flowers and even Solomon (who wrote Ecclesiastes).

Bottom line – don’t worry. God will take care of you and me. But . . . yes, there’s a but, but it’s a good but: seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness first. I’m trying to do that. I hope you will, too.