August 27, 2014
I was reading Brian McLaren’s book this morning and I read a chapter about Worry and being Judgmental. He cited Jesus in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 6) where Jesus talked about the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. If God would take care of them why should we worry about our life?
And then I thought about the fortune cookie I had yesterday at lunch:
True happiness is akin to the absence of anxiety, and happiness also goes along with being non-judgmental. Suffice it to say that true happiness comes from being O.K. with ourselves and not looking at others through squinted eyes.
Try not to be anxious this week as so much calls for our attention, so much has and will interfere with our time and cause worry and frustration which sometimes leads us to be critical with others.
Create some happiness…give attention to a spouse or a friend, spend a few hours with a hobby, just do something in a leisurely manner. Many of us find that spending time with God brings about a clear mind that allows us to put priority on what is most important. When we think we’re so busy, have too much to do and can’t waste even a minute…spend extended time in prayer…the noisy hum that overcomes silence will begin to hush, the tangled web of worry in the mind will unwind, and God will give us a peace. From such a mental place our priorities will become clear with time to spare.
Just some thoughts from a cookie.