Don’t Worry, Be Happy

A Dad’s Daily Word


So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:31-34

I had just finished college and started my first “real” job when Bobby McFerrin released the song, “Don’t worry, be happy.”  One of the lyrics in the song says “In every life, we have some trouble but when you worry you make it double.”  This is a true metaphor for life.

Fathers tend to worry about being able to provide for their families.  It’s a natural reaction when you feel responsible for the well being of others.  I am even guilty of doing this myself.   When my oldest daughter was born, we lived in a city that was 500 miles away from our nearest relative.  Within 18 months of her birth, both my wife and I were laid off from our jobs.  I spent many a night worrying about how I would pay our bills and provide for our family.  My worrying led me to make some dumb financial decisions that I spent years trying to undo.

While I was worried, God already had a plan.  In the scripture above, God has already committed to providing for our needs.     In other words, God is was saying to me “I got you.”  Eventually, I was able to find a job, with a higher salary and better health benefits, that was also much closer to our family and friends.

My point is that with God, there is no need to worry.  God knows what you need.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.  All you have to do is follow His plan and He will give you the desires of your heart.

A Prayer for today:  Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you are able to supply all of my needs according to your riches.  Help me to remember that all I have to do is to ask and believe and then it will be so.  I pray this prayer in Jesus name, Amen.


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