So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. (Matthew 6:31-33)
Relate: I remember hanging out in the back of the kitchen at the end of a killer night. I was working as a waiter and on this weekend night we had been clobbered. Once it had died down a bit, a few of us were in the back eating up some of the kitchen’s “mistakes” when one of the other girls turned to me. “I don’t know how you do it.” I have no idea what she’s talking about.
She continues, “Everything’s going down. We’re getting our [rear ends] handed to us, and you’re just doing your thing as chill as ever.” I could think of plenty of other nights when that might not be so true but tonight I guess it was. I might have a big bomb at the end, but most of the time there’s an awfully long fuse to get to it and 99% of the time it never makes it nearly that far. I am “pretty chill”. So as I munch down a slice of pizza I just shrug and say, “I just know what’s important and whatever might happen on the floor tonight is not it.”
React: “Well, that’s definitely a good attitude but I just don’t have what you have.” Out from the kitchen a voice bellows, “Of course not. He’s a Father.” Our dishwasher is catholic and everyone laughs. Although the point is made, I just wish they realized that it is not because I am in ministry. Pastors, reverends, priests aren’t given any special attitudes or holiness. My attitude is a result of being a Jesus follower. I just wish I showed that “chill” more often. I also wish it showed up more in so many of my fellow followers of Christ.