Do Not Be Anxious


by Mike Ratliff

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 ESV)

I was in a discussion earlier today with some friends. We were discussing the current economic issues. I shared some of what I had been reading and hearing about from some very good sources. Then I asked some “what if” questions based on the following scenario. Let us say that sometime next year that the US Dollar fails. It becomes worthless. What would happen to our consumer driven economy/society? What would or could we do to stay in our houses, buy groceries, and put gas in our cars? No one had a clue. Neither did I. I left the discussion and went back to my desk. A few minutes later my phone rang. It was my wife. She asked me how I was doing. I lied as I said, “Oh I am fine.” She knows me too well and I could tell she did not buy it. Then she said she had just come from her morning devotions. She had started by praying about whether we should put away a year’s worth of food in our basement, just in case. Then she prayed for our family and friends. She prayed for wisdom and discernment. Then she realized that there was a question in her heart. That question was, “If you buy all that food, will you be willing to share it with those in need?” Continue reading