December 22, 2021
“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.” (Luke 12:22 KJV)
I do not know who needs to hear this today. Maybe this is a word for me…Maybe it is a word for you…I was traveling through Ecclesiastes and Holy Spirit sent me on a detour through Luke 12:22. This verse set me free from worry years ago. I hope is does the same for you. It guided me through most of yesterday.
Jesus was teaching His disciples and He spoke these words of freedom, “Take no thought for your life…”
Do not worry about it.
Do not be anxious anything.
Don’t be troubled with cares.
Don’t even think about it.
Take no thought.
Are you worried about a package not arriving before Christmas? At least you have a present ordered and the money to pay for it. I just recently heard of a young mom who spent her son’s birthday crying because she had no money to gift him one gift.
Are you anxious about your home not being clean for the holidays? At least you have been blessed with a home. Untold numbers in the world are homeless and would love to come home to a dirty house. Recently, the tornadoes that swept through Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi left thousands of homes not only dirty but destroyed.
Are you weighed down with care about your children or grandchildren this season? At least your kiddos will be home with you. There are children who are fighting for their lives. There are children who are fighting for our country. There are children who are just fighting. Appreciate every second with your babies, no matter what size they are. Life is precious and we take it for granted.
Are you concerned with what you and your family will eat or what you might wear to your holiday soiree’? Take no thought. It will always work out, it always does.
When your mind begins to wonder….
When Satan attempts to steal your joy…
When worry and anxiety start knocking on the entrance to your heart, or…
When an entitled woman at Sam’s makes a third exit lane, passes you, and cuts in front of twenty others waiting patiently in the two other lines for the associate to scan three items in each cart and grant exit from the building…
Do not even think about it. (I almost lost “my Jesus” witness on “entitled woman” yesterday, but the wise man ahead of me declared what a miserable life she must be living to dishonor so many others without thought.) You know, my flesh wanted to go “Madea” on her.
I enCOURAGE you to stop and breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe in Jesus; breathe out Satan. Breathe in peace, exhale worry. Don’t even think about it. Turn it all over to Jesus. He will guide you through the detours of life.
“Life is more than food, and the body [is more] than clothing.” (Jesus from Luke 12:23 NKJV)
“Life is so much more than some haughty woman cutting line in Sam’s”. -Tammy Phillips, December 21, 2021
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22 NIV)