Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

“First things first; secondary things second”, we say. – We all need a roof over our heads, clothes to wear and food on the table. Once our basic needs are covered we can focus on other matters, or so we think. How much food is enough? What type of roof will do? And which clothes fit us well? Before we know it our basic needs claim our entire attention.

The Lord’s approach to turn things around and let His Kingdom stuff be first and our basic needs second makes more sense if we think about it this way: Let Him take care of our basic needs so we can focus on the more interesting stuff: people; this world around us; our friendship with God.

At times it’s hard not to worry. Bills are like unwanted relatives, they stick to our shoes like gum. It’s that element of trust, however, that makes all the difference. And in an awesome way, trusting God sets us free.

By the way, the lifestyle of worrying does not add a single hour to our lives. If anything, worrying most likely shortens our lifespan. Worrying consumes and isolates us while trusting the Lord opens us up to care and touch other people’s lives.

Effective October 1, 2018, I have become self-employed. After some debate, my husband and I had decided to relinquish one of us from bringing home a regular paycheck. This was a leap of faith for both of us. Meanwhile, I have created a client base for music entertainment, specifically Memory Care facilities. To boost their memory, I sing old familiar songs to the patients. One of them is “Don’t worry, be happy” by Robert Jr. McFerrin. His song lyrics say it all:

“Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy”

It seems to me the last thing to worry about is having a bed to sleep on. If the bed is taken away, what else is left? Well, here is the thing: We can hold on to worrying until we take our last breath, or we can seek the Lord in all matters. The choice is entirely ours.