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Add to Your Span Matthew 6:24-34

Add to Your Span

You cannot add to your lifespan by worrying, but you likely will add to your span when you are open to the divine optimism that is rooted in God’s kingdom.

“Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”

That question is as timely today as when Jesus posed it 2,000 years ago. Does worrying do us any good?

It would be good to know that, because, Lord knows, we’ve put huge amounts of time and energy into worrying about all sorts of things that might happen, most of which never actually come to pass. And what’s more, life has been generous in providing us with a cornucopia of possible problems in which we can invest our angst.

But having burned through all that anxiety, what do we have to show for it? Have we, as Jesus asked, added even a single hour to our lives? Certainly, since Jesus asked that question rhetorically, he intended for his audience to answer it in their minds with a resounding “No.” But if you’re at all analytical, another possible answer may occur to you, and that is “Who knows?”

We mean, if a man is a worrier and dies at the age of 68 years, 114 days ...

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