Worry or Faith?

Fight or flight? God created our bodies with the ability to react to dangerous situations with a flood of
adrenaline into our system, giving us the ability to confront the threat or flee. This works great when the threat
is something concrete and present, like a tiger, an out of control fire, or an intruder. However, when we worry
about some potential future, our bodies tend to respond similarly. What if I lose my job? What if the stock
market crashes? What if my kid doesn’t get into the preschool I want them in? We fret and worry about so
many things, often things outside of our control. Our bodies are constantly soaked in these fight or flight
responses. This makes us tired, stressed, and miserable.
Jesus offers another way. He tells us not to worry, but to trust Him. In Matthew 6, he reminds us about
the birds that don’t worry but God feeds them and the flowers that don’t worry about the future but God clothes
them in beauty. So stop worrying! Easy fix, right? Nope! If you are like me, just hearing “stop worrying”
doesn’t really help. In fact, now, in addition to my other worries, I’m worried that I’m worrying too much!
Jesus knows that we have difficult stopping worrying, so He gives us something else to focus on instead:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” (Matthew
6:33). Instead of focusing on the worries, we need to focus on God’s kingdom. When we do that, everything
else has a tendency to fall into place as well.