Journal Entry by Beck Schofield

S – Luke 12:22-25 (NLT)
“ Jesus said, ‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.   For life is more than food and your body is more than clothing... can all your worries add a single moment to your life?   And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?’ "

O – Observation
The act of worrying can feel like a natural response at times!  Worrying over health, children, future relationships, broken families, the environment ... also worrying about worrying too much!   The etymology of the word ‘worry’ is derived from the Old English and Germanic meaning ‘to strangle’ ... and this is precisely what worrying can do - it strangles, chokes and robs us of peace, time, energy and purpose.   It is consuming, toxic and at times can be contagious ... yet these verses implore us to do the opposite.

A – Application  
Worry can often be my first response!   Ultimately, though, my worry and even anxiety comes down to a lack of trust and belief that God cares and knows extensively about every detail of my life.   It is also a sin and can affect the way I witness Jesus to others.   It weakens my faith as I am not trusting that God knows best; in the places and situations I find myself in.   Honestly, I am so encouraged at the thought that God is not as worried or even obsessed about the things that can consume me!   The part of the verse that really resonates with me though - ‘can all your worries add a single moment to your life?’   How many moments of peace, life, encounters with Jesus and people who need him am I missing because of how much I am consumed with this?   Am I willing to change my first response to one that shows trust in God and his sovereignty?’ 

P – Prayer
What a relief, Jesus, that you are not weighed down about the things that worry or plague me!   No matter the concern or circumstance, your ear is open to hear the things that trouble me.   I pray that I can approach you with honesty and openness, replacing the worry with thanksgiving for the things you are doing in my life and completely trust that all other things are in your hands.   Please help me confront the areas of my life that I struggle and worry about and remind me that when I feel it creeping in, let me turn to you FIRST.   Help me to be in the moment and not to miss where you have placed me.   We love you, Lord.