Series: MasterClass | Week 7: Putting Worry in its Place
Day One Matthew 6:25-2725 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” – Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT)Learn From the WordJesus mentions food, drink, and clothing as broad headings of things people worried about in His day, and the same are true for us today. A deeper dive to the root of each of these worries will almost always reveal an inward focus on self. Jesus wants us to understand there's something so much more important to our Father than the things of this world and it’s us. He wants our hearts. He isn’t telling us to be idle; even birds work hard. But if our minds are dominated by worry, a deeper look will often reveal a misguided focus.Put It Into PracticeTake some time now to do a deeper dive into the things you worry about. Ask God to point out what’s at the root of them. What are things that will and won’t last into eternity? Spend a few minutes turning each worry over to God, and ask Him to redirect your focus onto things that matter to Him. For Families with Kids at HomeIt’s easy to dismiss our kids' worries because they often seem so small compared to our adult worries. But that doesn’t mean our kids' worries aren’t big to them!
Help your kids identify what it is they worry about most often, then have a conversation about why they worry. Encourage them that you care about their worries, and so does God! We can always take our worries to Him.