Matthew 6:31-32 says, Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.
He actually starts talking about worry at verse 25 but these two verses provide a nice summary. Worrying about a situation does not affect the outcome. For example, worrying about where your next meal is going to come from will not magically put food on the table. I can tell you for a fact though, that praying about your needs is much more effective. Worry undermines your faith and trust in God. Worry wastes a lot of energy and can negatively impact your physical health - it can lead to headaches, muscle tension and an upset stomach.
Jesus reminds us that God already knows what you need so trust in him to provide it. He gave two examples of God's provision:
Verse 33 of Matthew 6 says, What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. When you find yourself worrying about something, do something for someone else - smile at them, help them carry their groceries, talk to someone, give someone a compliment, share something you have. By loving people and being kind you are doing what he wants you to do.
Mother's Day is in a few weeks time - now would be a great time to start making a gift for your Mum. Below is one I made for my Mum for her birthday.
Matthew 6:19-20 says, Don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Verse 19 warns us that earthly treasures don't last - your fancy clothes might get eaten by moths, your expensive car might rust or they may be stolen. There is nothing wrong with earthly treasures, but there's a but (three actually).
Verse 20 instructs us to store up treasures in heaven instead. So, how do you do that?
What kind of treasure are you storing up?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.