Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't Worry; Be Happy

Okay, so that's not quite how Matthew 6 reads. Well, towards the end, it DOES tell us to not be anxious for anything. Don't worry about life, what we'll eat and drink , what we'll wear--just plain and simply don't worry. I worry about this passage some (yes, a definite pun intended ;)). When does "not worry" become frivolous? I know of a married couple, he spends as if there's no tomorrow. "I'm not worried about tomorrow. Aren't we told not to worry about tomorrow?" Then, the wife, worries about every dime that gets spent. "We don't really need that, do we?" On one hand, it might be nice to make sure we're good stewards of our paychecks, and see that our bills are paid, but on the other hand, it's perfectly okay to spend some money on toys every now and again, isn't it? When does being a tightwad (how else can I say it?) become a demonstration in a faithless mindset (that God WON'T provide for us) and when does a free spender become a demonstration of irresponsibility? A friend of mine once shared this thought: God indeed feeds the birds of the air, but He doesn't throw the food in the nest! How true.
Don't worry, be happy--and responsible.

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