As many of you know, I have been helping with concessions at a local high school band booster program. I volunteered to be their concessions chairperson which requires a lot of work. Most of the time, I try to let volunteers under me do the jobs they are best at. But there are times when I end up worrying about things and step on people’s toes.
You see, I have the bad habit of jumping the gun. If I had been patient, if I had scrolled to the end of a spreadsheet, I would have saved myself and others a lot of time and trouble. Thankfully, the volunteer was nice enough to overlook my faults and continue doing the great job he has always done.
This gave me a chance to stop and reflect on my tendency to worry too much. There are those things in life we can change and control. If we can change and control them, then there is no need to worry about them, just change them. However, we tend to worry about those things we have no control over or ability to change. So we sit and worry about those things.
For the past couple of weeks, my wife and I have vacillated over whether we made the right decisions about her mother. We know logically and medically that we did everything we could to help her. However, it is difficult to bear the fact that she is gone. We cannot change what happened and we had no control over what happened, but it still worries us.
Jesus knew that worry was a constant issue in our human condition. He preached about worrying in the Gospel of Saint Matthew:
Because of this I say to you, you shall not take pains for yourselves with what you will eat, or what you will drink, neither for your body, what you will put on; behold, is not the soul greater than food, and the body than clothing? Behold the birds of the sky, that they neither sow nor reap, neither do they gather into barns, and your Father who is in Heaven sustains them; behold, are you not better than they? But who of you, while taking pains, is able to add a foot and a half to his stature? And why are you taking pains about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow without laboring or weaving. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field that is today and will fall into the oven tomorrow, does he not multiply more to you, Oh small of faith? Therefore do not be concerned or say, ”What will we eat?’, or ”What will we drink?’, or, ”What will we wear’? For the Gentiles are seeking all these things, but your Father who is in Heaven knows that all these things are necessary for you. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore you shall not be concerned about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be concerned for itself. A day’s own trouble is sufficient for it.
Jesus reminds us that even the smallest creatures of creations do not worry. They know that they will be cared for by the one who created them. So why do we worry? Instead, we should seek the Kingdom of God and everything else will fall into place.
So maybe it is time I stop worrying so much. Rather, I should give all my cares and concerns to God and allow him to be in control.
Are you ready to let God be in control of your life too?