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Don't Worry, Be Happy

            Why do we strive for perfection? Why do we overanalyze situations in our heads? Why do we worry? Jesus once asked if anyone could add an hour to their lives with worry by saying, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matthew 6:27). The answer is no. There is no evidence that worry extends our life, in fact all the evidence points to anxiety and worry as dangerous poisons. God has made a world in which flowers grow and die and birds, fish, and mammals get eaten by others. There are no signs that lead us to believe that flowers and fish have any worries. Humans are going to die sooner or later, so we might as well accept death and not fear. Rather than worry about trying to extend our life, we should look to God with thanksgiving and enjoy the life that he has given. Worrying is easy to do because there are so many things that are possible to worry about. We worry about emotions, material possessions, life’s wants, and life’s necessities. Every day, from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep, our lives are full of worry.
             We make decisions based on our worries. For example, we might choose to dress a little nicer because we are worried we might meet someone and not fit in. Jesus teaches us that what we wear should not change our beauty as a person. In Matthew 6:28 it states, “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin”. Jesus wants to know why we worry about the clothes we wear and he wants us to understand that if we have faith in the Lord, then he will provide us with all of the necessary provisions needed to sustain life. The lilies in the field don’t worry and strive to impress others and they are still beautiful. Why should we worry about impressing others, are we not beautiful enough as human beings? I am guilty of being materialistic and seeking out the best brands of clothes.