Do Not Worry

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Many people worry a lot. They worry about everything. They worry about food. They worry about job. They worry about clothes. They worry about themselves. They worry about what others think of themselves.

I observed that one of the reasons that most people worry in their lives is because of what others might think of them. It is the tendency of humans that they want to prove themselves superior to others. They chase behind something materialistic thinking if they achieve it, they become popular and happier. Their happiness is conditional based on how others might react to them. Besides, media play a significant role these days. Many times media projects that someone who is popular, successful or wealthy is happy. Is that true?

When many people follow a certain pattern, it is considered as a standard. Then anything that is away from this pattern is considered abnormal. For example, let us think of a teenager who wants to become an accomplished musician. Music is his passion and is his gifted talent. But, his parents have different expectations. Just because, their neighbor's son scored well in IIT, they put a lot of pressure on their teenager also. They expect him to score well in his studies. If they are concerned because they care for their son, it is understandable. But if they just want to prove that their family is better than others, is it right?

They become stumbling blocks to the joy of their son. Their main concern is not whether their son is enjoying life to the fullest, but what others might think of them and their "success" as parents. They actually seem to worry more about themselves and not necessarily caring about their son.

So, do not be conformed to the patterns of this world that are created by humans out of their pride and boastfulness. As the Bible says, "Be in the world, but not of the world". Let us see what Jesus said about worrying:

Do Not Worry (Source: www.Biblegateway.com, Version: NIV  Verses: Matthew 6:25-34)
 25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look 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? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a]?

 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus is telling us to seek God first and all other things will be taken care of. Will you please stop worrying?

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