Jesus again anticipates this problem and has a secondary question ready to address it: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” From the start, Jesus recognizes what we so often fail to see: Our experience of worry ironically exposes the cause of our worry and, at the same time, its uselessness. We worry because we recognize that things we care about are fundamentally out of our control. Even the most fundamental goal of our biological existence—the extension of our life itself—is beyond our control. But the fact that the outcomes that we so desire are beyond our control demonstrates just how useless our worry is, which means that, as with material goods, getting what we want is hardly the solution to our worry.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
—Matthew 6:34 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
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