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?Matthew 6:25
Most of my life has been mediated by worry. It has often prevented me from acting decisively. This text in Matthew is one of my favorites, and it still surprises me every time I come to it. Do not worry, Jesus says; your life is important. Your body is important. And do not worry about them.
The truth is, things can still be important if you don’t worry about them. Worry doesn’t gives something it’s value. And refusing to worry doesn’t indicate a lack of care.
We all act blindly. None of us knows the future or makes decisions knowing all the information. In my experience, worry has consistently capitalized on this blindness and prevented me from moving toward goals for fear of it being the wrong goal, or having the wrong motivation.
In conversation with a good friend last night I was reminded that action leads to learning, and that boldly doing the wrong thing can teach and refine you, giving you clearer direction toward a better thing.
Today I turn 30. This year I’m thinking it’s time to start acting, even with my blind spots. God, please set up bumpers for me to bounce between as I fumble along the way.