If Jesus was a hipster and had Twitter he would have undoubtedly went off on a twitter-rant like this:
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?
Look 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?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
If 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?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Basically the verses in Matthew 6:25-34 are exploring the needlessness of worry and anxiety. I like Jesus because he was speaking the Truth that’s going to apply in medieval Jerusalem as much as it applies to modern day America. Isn’t life more than just what we eat, what we wear and where we live? Were you not born into this existence for a purpose, given by whatever version of MonkeyDrop you’ve chosen to identify with?
Jesus was all like, “What is this worrying thing that you’re doing? Ewwww. Stop it.” He was very clear that if your focus is on your Purpose then everything you need will fall in your lap. Find your lane, get in your lane, stay in your lane, and don’t worry about other people’s lane. When you are in place you will get fed, you will get led, you will get clothed; and it all happens easily and effortlessly.
We struggle because We Struggle! Fighting against the natural order of things, the way things are, we figure we need to worry because “what if things turn out the way I don’t want,” “what if it hurts,” “What if I lose,” “How am I going to possibly…” The anxiety is in the questions, not in the actual situation. When things turn out the way you don’t want, you automatically deal with it, adapting yourself or changing the situation. When it hurts, you automatically deal with it, learning new ways to cope and comfort yourself. When you lose, you automatically deal with it, figuring out how to be better the next go round. So on and so forth, we naturally deal with whatever comes our way…the worrying just keeps us from enjoying the times in between.
Jesus said “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” You can interpret this verse any way you wish to fit your views on God and all that good stuff. For me, Jesus is saying to turn my attention towards Self: feed my Spirit with meditation, study, detachment and earnest practice. Do these things and I will always be satiated. But so long as I worry about all of these things that are ultimately out of my control, I will never have peace.