There is something I just have to make sure you know.
This isn't it. But this is how I got to it. Tomorrow I'm speaking at a women's event on "Wants v. Needs." One of the scriptures we'll be looking at is a very common one in Matthew 6. This time I looked it up in the Message translation and found myself awfully convicted by this modern translation. And even more encouraged by His Great Love For Us!
I hope you take the time to read it...
There is far more to your life
than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.
And you count far more to him
than birds. "Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
All this time and money wasted
do you think it makes that much difference?
Instead of looking at the fashions,
walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. "If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—
don't you think he'll attend to you,
take pride in you,
do his best for you?
What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax,
to not be so preoccupied with getting,
so you can respond to God's giving.
People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.
Don't worry about missing out.
You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.
God will help you deal
with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.