Saturday, November 11, 2017

Don't Worry, Be Happy

That was our bible study's topic last Thursday, November 9, 2017.

These were the verses we discussed:

1. Matthew 6:25-34

2. Joshua 1:8

3. Romans 12:2

In the Bible it said, do not be anxious, or do not worry. When we don't worry about anything, then we can be happy, we are filled with joy. That is a mark of a Christian, someone who is always full of love and joy.

I have a lot to improve on the love and joy part lolz. Anyways, here are my thoughts and what I want to remind myself in the future:

First one, the Matthew verses:

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
I do this, of course, who doesn't? but it shows that I don't trust that God will provide. This blogpost will be a reminder for me not to be anxious about my life. I know that God has an excellent plan for me. Life is more than food and the body is more than clothing. Although, I like to look good with my clothes and I love eating, I know that life and my body are more than those things. Life is about experiences, our relationships, our passions, our contributions, etc. Most of the time, I worry about my clothes, what I will wear to this event or something like that. So, this is a good reminder for me, not to worry about these (i feel are kinda) shallow things.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
God loves the animals he created, but He loves us more, the people He created. We are more valuable and we will be given what we need and want as long as we are focused on His Kingdom first as verse 33 states.

And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
Worrying or being anxious is a waste of time really, no one can change things only by worrying. We should have faith in God and trust in His promises. We cannot add one second to our life even if we try. I think God already knows what can happen to us in the future and when we will die and what He can do about it. I believe He's the only one who can decide to add to our span of life or not, that's why we pray.

I will not dwell on prayer or on the power of God and how it can affect our lives, since for me, God's battle with the devil is like a chess game, He can see the moves way ahead of His opponent for sure. He can use anyone of us to save souls. He just wants to see all His children in Heaven with Him but He will not override our free will.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
Seek His Kingdom first, for me it means, for us to seek to be with God at the end of times, to be included in His Kingdom when this world ends and the New Jerusalem will be established. To be in His Kingdom means to have your name written in the Book of Life as mentioned in Revelation chapter 20. To be listed means to believe in Jesus, to have faith and to do good works. So, to seek His Kingdom first is to be centered in God, to do His 2 greatest commandments, to do good works. Maybe when I can do these things with joy, I will know that I have truly seek His Kingdom first.
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
Be in the present moment. As Chris Stefanick said, be all in. Our mind should be at the thing that we are doing right now. When we are at mass, we should not think about the food that we are going to eat after, or the problems we have or that person who irks us, our mind should be fully tuned in to God and the worship we are doing for Him. When we are doing something, our mind should be in it, not on other things.

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
The verse is referring to the book of the law in Moses time, but we discussed it in the Bible study, that it can also refer to the books of the Bible. When you meditate on the Bible verses and do what is written, you will prosper and you will have good success. I just love that!

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Renewal of your mind. It all starts with our mindset. Even during St. Paul's time, most people don't believe in the Christian God, that verse is still applicable to day and on the generations to come, do not be conformed to this world. I am a Christian and I should follow how Jesus lived and acted towards others. I have to work on that, because at this time, I really sometimes could care less if other people (who I don't like) will go to hell.

I don't have virtues, I'm not charitable. I don't even think that I am joyful everyday. I'm not yet centered on God. I'm a work-in-progress and I hope to renew my mind by attending our regular Bible studies and meditating on them after, in this blog. Also, by meditating on the Gospel and readings of Sunday Mass.

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