Dawn Tolbert

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Consider the Source

This week, I got an email from one of our industry’s professional organizations. The subject line was something like “Why worry may be good for you.”

I clicked on the story and read that some studies have shown that worry may, in fact, help promote certain traits like improved focus or whatever. The author seemed to suggest that that meant we should add worrying to our daily to-do list in order to improve our productivity.

As I read, alarm bells sounded in my mind.

Regardless of what studies have shown or may show, scripture teaches us that worrying isn’t part of God’s plan for our lives.

This isn’t even one of those things that may be left up to interpretation.

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus, the Word of God himself, clarifies the topic. The passage begins, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?” (v. 25)

Jesus teaches us that God knows what we need; we only need to trust Him. “…For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (v. 32-33)

And just in case we missed it the first time, He adds, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (v. 34)

In our modern, technology-driven world, we receive hundreds and thousands of messages each day through social media, traditional media, and even our conversations with family and friends. Some advice is better than others, and we have to develop discerning hearts to know what is true and what is leading us toward a closer relationship with others and with God. That takes a prayerful heart and a watchful eye.

To grow as Christians, we need to learn to test the information we receive against the word of God. If it doesn’t match, the problem isn’t with the word of God.

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I’m not saying that my professional organization is leading people into darkness or that the author was suggesting that we become frazzled balls of worry. I don’t think there was any kind of spiritual lesson intended at all, but the topic made me think.

We need to become more discerning.

We need information coming into our lives that points us back to the Source of Truth. We need to be encouraged to deepen our relationship with the One who Truly Loves so that we can grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in the impact we can have in — and on — our world.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’ve been praying asking God how He would like to use my writing for His honor and His glory. More and more, my blog has focused on spiritual lessons, and I feel that is the direction God has been leading. I’m in the process of writing — something — I’m not sure if should be called a book or a booklet “diving deep” into the book of Jonah, and I am praying about a Sunday School/bible study group I will be leading at my church this fall that will include an online component for those women who aren’t able to be on ground with us in Cedartown. My prayer is that God will teach us about His great love for us and call us all into a closer relationship with Him. I invite you to join us on the journey and will be sharing more information as the plans develop.

Leading something like that is terrifying to me and can tempt me to start to worry. But I am reminded of the story about the old preacher who said worrying was like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

Instead, I am committed to praying for God’s guidance and trusting Him to lead each step of the way. I would appreciate your prayers as well.

I’ll close with the blessing from 2 Thessalonians 3:16:

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

 

 

 

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