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What, Me Worry

"Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" (KJV Matt.6:27); "Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11?" (NAS Matt.6:27); "Who you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" (NIV Matt.6:27).

For you MAD magazine aficionados, What, Me Worry was the credo of its fictitious cover boy, Alfred E. Neuman. He was a freckle-faced, front-tooth missing, smiling, big-eared, one eye drooping mess, that everyone seemed to latch on to. I don't mean to make light of this week's important topic, but by the tone of today's verse, which I quoted in three (3) different Bible versions, maybe I do. Though it may not be with an Alfred E. Neuman attitude, Jesus devotes nine verses from the Sermon On The Mount to the subject of worry. The KJV says take thought, while the NAS and NIV render our topic as worrying or just plain worry. The KJV talks of adding a cubit to our stature, while the other two references say adding a single day to your life... Reading verses 25 to 34 can give us a better flavor of Jesus' teaching here. In context, Jesus was teaching against undue solicitude for food, shelter and clothing, but I think it goes much, much deeper. This principle of living life free from the tension of worry is to be applied to all our needs and problems. Lest we think this is some isolated teaching of Jesus that popped into His head for a moment in that famous sermon, it is taught in the rest of the New Testament also. Last night at evening services, I led a song written by Don Moen in 1980 entitled, God Will Make A Way... The scriptural backdrop is Isa.43:19, and here are the words: God will make a way where there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me. He will be my guide, Hold me closely to His side, With love and strength for each new day, He will make a way, He will make a way. Maybe along with me, you'll be singing this song all day long. I'll finish this devotional with one of my favorite scriptures.... "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil.4:6-7).

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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