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Parson to Person: When we worry

By DAVE FORRESTER, Trenton Missionary Church | Mar 01, 2013

Over the years, many people have a special meal for Sunday lunch called “roast pastor.”

However, this message that was delivered a couple of weeks ago was blessed from above. You must continue to read the article to get the whole story.

What should you do when you worry?

Jesus said, “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? 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?” (Matthew 6:25-26)

The answer is to trust God. Trusting God is enough. Whatever the concern is we are to rely on the Lord. Now that does not mean we sit around and are idle. Are the birds idle, or are they busy with their responsibilities?

D.A. Carson said, “Worry is more likely to shorten life than prolong it, and ultimately such matters are in God’s hands.”

Secondly, bloom where you are planted.

Jesus goes from birds to flowers explaining how God provides for them and how they grow.

We should realize that we each have a purpose and God has a wonderful plan for our lives. Psalm 139 tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I read an inspiring story in a Sunday School paper about a man from York, Penn. born with one arm. He is an inspiration to many people who meet him yet although he doesn’t see the big deal. For the last 30 years he has been an exceptional hockey player on the ice.

Chuck Maier said, “God gave me the ability to play hockey, and God willing, I’m going to play as long as I can.”

Do you allow your limitations stop you, or do you stand on the abilities, gifts and talents the Lord has provided you with? Bloom where you are planted.

Lastly, live life on purpose:

John Maxwell, addressing self-discipline, said, “Discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do, so that you can do what you really want to do. It is paying the price in the little things so that you can buy the biggest thing. It is the development of the will and of the habit to do what is right. Indeed, if you want to live a life that’s filled with meaning, you have to learn to live life on purpose, to be that new person with a new nature that God is creating within you.”

What does all this mean?

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

We are not weeds in the field, we are flowers, made in God’s image, bought and paid for by the blood of Christ. Purposely go forward and be about God’s business.

“Be not dismayed what’re be tide

God will take care of you

Beneath His Wings of love abide

God will take care of you.”

Like I said, this message has been blessed from above. After delivering this message, I walked home through the parking lot and came in the house only to discover the birds of the air had shared their approval landing on my black suit.

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