Do You Engage in America’s Favorite Pastime?

“Daddy, I want to read this story  about not worrying,” Nathan told me this as I walked into his bedroom to read him a Bible story.

Many nights, Nathan will request a certain story to be read from his Bible, which was my Bible as an Elementary school student.  It is the full text of the Bible with some additional charts and pictures scattered throughout.  Most nights, we will search through the pages to find just the story he wants.  Sometimes I need to type the name of the character in the story into my phone app, so I can find the actual text.

But on this night, Nathan already had done the work.  My 5-year-old that doesn’t know how to read yet, had the Bible opened to exactly the story he wanted.  There weren’t any pictures to give away the location.  He just knew.

You know what the story was?  Matthew 6:25

“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? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

It’s Americans favorite pastime.  Worry.  Trying to control what we can’t yet, or never will be able to control.

Why do we do that?

I read the words, still amazed that Nathan knew just where to go to find his favorite passage, and marveled at the peace and calm on his little-boy face as the words sunk in.

My son doesn’t worry about being fed or clothed.  He knows his daddy has it all taken care of.

Do you know your Daddy does too?

Man, I’m proud of that kid.  Even in his worst times.  Even when he’s whiny or has had a tough day listening, I look in his eyes at night and we talk about what a tough day it was, and then I say, “But you know what, I am still so proud of you.”

Just imagine how your heavenly Father feels about you!  He loves you because of who you are, not what you’ve done.

Let’s stop worrying and start letting Him love us.