Daily Reflection
November 27th, 2004
Eileen Wirth
Journalism Department
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Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life.

Okay, Lord, you know I’m not a “lilies of the field” kind of gal who serenely floats through life. Don’t even get me started about “the anxieties of daily life” during the working mother/ child-rearing years when every day felt like walking through a minefield, worrying about failing to meet everyone’s demands. There were reasons why my close friend and I met for a weekly “sanity breakfast” when our sons were teens. 

So now are you going to blame me for my anxieties on top of all this? (Drinking and carousing don’t even register on my personal Richter scale. Darn!)

You know I wasn’t real happy about this passage  when I started talking to you about it this morning. But suddenly it made sense.

In mind’s eye, I pictured your world. There I was in village Palestine surrounded by gossiping women at the well  (so much like those from my home town) and hair splitting religious authorities just waiting for someone to blow it. Aha! No wonder people were anxious about what others thought of them.

And there you were – daringly telling people to focus on the essentials of building relationships with God and each other instead of trivia.  That’s still your message to us today.

How often do we get angry and anxious over a small battle at work that we won’t remember in two days? How often do we take perverse pleasure in some version of “gotcha” with someone we don’t particularly like? How often do we make someone else anxious for fear of what we might be saying or get bent out of shape because of what someone thinks of us?

I realize how much energy I sometimes waste stewing about nonessentials instead of praying for “strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” There are plenty of real things to worry about. God knows the difference and will help us through those.

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