“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?” -Matthew 6: 26-27
When the day ends what is it that fills your mind? Does the anxiety of all that is to happen in the coming days and weeks seem overwhelming? Or can you sit still at such times satisfied with what you accomplished in this particular day?
There appears to be an epidemic of busyness that seems to enstrangle many in today’s world. Everyone can name someone, if not themselves, who seems to have packed as much as they possibly can on their plate. Perhaps, our culture and society play a role in this. Day in and day out, busyness lends itself to anxiety, worry and frustration. The time taken to relax and rejuvenate appears to be negatively correlated with such busyness while worry seems to have a strong positive association.
Yet this always leads me to ask why? Why do people by their own doing exhaust themselves with busyness? Furthermore, are all the menial tasks, meetings and work worth the anxiety and worry that seems to accompany them?
This is a challenge, then, for each and everyone of us, myself included. Go out to the most quiet, scenic landscape you can find, leave your cell phone behind and just sit. Sit and don’t say anything. Sit and don’t look at your watch. Just sit. And while doing so search your daily life and ask yourself how often do you overcommit yourself to activities and therefore suffer individually because you have no time for yourself? On a daily basis, how often do you feel rejuvenated, refreshed? How often do you go through life just thinking and worry about what you have to do in the upcoming days?
I can only answer these questions for myself, and only you can answer them for yourselves. But it is important to remember that we were NOT created to live in anxiety and worry. We were not made to worry about the future all the time (though that is hard). Jesus says it best, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”