Our scripture this morning is Matthew 6:33-34.

But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus continues a series of lessons in this chapter on many subjects, such as prayer, fasting, and giving up our anxiety to God. He presents God’s will and word to us in ways that are welcoming and understandable. He wants us to see scripture not as a rule book but a love letter, a record of our history with God.

Nothing is more important than our connection to our Heavenly Father, and when we allow things to distract us, it hampers the relationship. Even harmless everyday activities can divert us from time needed with God. The story of Mary and Martha is a prime example. Martha certainly isn’t doing anything wrong in preparing for the meal, but when she complains to Jesus her sister isn’t helping, He tells her that “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42).

Worry is never a solution, it merely wastes energy and often takes time away from working on the issue. Jesus says to continue our efforts for the kingdom and let God handle things. In this way we can better concentrate on the task before us – sharing His love with the world.

Gracious God, we are grateful for the gift of Your son who taught us to love You and one another. Help us to be more like Jesus, trusting You in all things. Amen.

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