The Crown Of Life by Gloria Toti


Worry is ineffective, and we know it but like a bug drawn to light, we are caught in the act of worrying. Muscle memory is failing us in those times.  

As we begin a new year, let’s remember what Matthew 6:27 teaches us: 

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature.”

Let’s me read it in The Message paraphrase translation which gives us a wider lens view using colorful words:  Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? 

All this time and money wasted on fashion—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.

When we look closely at what Jesus is teaching us let’s not miss the fact that he is not speaking about flowers.  He is speaking about the core of our being – OUR TRUE WORTH.  

I wonder what it would look like if we had the power to see how much we have worried this past year – wouldn’t it be amazing to see the gauge move up or down and help train us not to worry.  

Well, obviously there is no such thing as a gauge since we are not tires.  

But we do have a holy gauge and His name is the Holy Spirit.  

He reminds us of the times when we are not leaning on Him.  

He reminds us of the times when we are trying in our own strength.  

Each of us knows what that feels like.  

Confidence is in the gutter, and we find ourselves running on fumes.  

This Christmas let’s all do ourselves a favor and ask God for a new measure of Godly Self Worth.  

The kind that cannot be bought by the click of a button.  

This season, slow down and converse with the creator of your soul.  

He knows why you worry about the things that weigh you down.  He has a plan to fix those things if you will let Him.  

What do you want to tell your Father this day?  

What will He tell you?  This season let’s remember how moments of worry add up from moments to days, and weeks, and year.  The enemy wants us trusting him or ourselves.  That’s a bad plan.  

I think it would be fitting and safe to say that we should all look up and repent this day.  

Father, forgive us for trying to figure things out on our own.  

We turn our worry over to you this Christmas Day…and we will do the same tomorrow as you help us create a rhythm of trusting you throughout this year. 

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