What is coming to me today is the verse in the Bible that says, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not…”
The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines toil this way: To labor; to work; to exert strength with pain and fatigue of body or mind, particularly of the body, with efforts of some continuance or duration.
So I don’t know about you, but toiling is not something I aspire to.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love to exercise and work out my body rigorously. I love those creative infusion times where I’m deep in production mode. I think it’s fun to put time and energy into a project until its completion. I love to take long hikes in upper altitudes and feel my body pulsing as I challenge it.
But toil, really?
What I hear Jesus saying in Matthew 6:28 is:
Rest yourself. Be at peace. Look at the glory of nature and see that in fulfilling its purpose it does so with grace and trust and ease. It moves with a rhythm, a flow, a design. So too can you. Do not stress and strain. Do not worry about what’s next. Don’t clench tightly to this life. Know that just has the flower has a life design, so too do you. Breathe. Know that all is well.
For me, “all is well”, is a knowing I hold to. Past, present and future. It’s a decision I make. And ultimately it’s a Truth I ascribe to.
So no more toiling. How about we just do away with that?
I think it’s a shift in attitude first that leads us to take actions for the betterment of our own health and well-being.
How about making Health and Happiness your priority in 2014?
Once you decide that your well-being is what is most important, you will begin to notice things you think and feel and do that are not in alignment with this.
And then you can choose, one by one, to say goodbye to all that stands in the way.
Live your life like the flower.
And you too will begin to be that beautiful, ornate, exquisite, and fragrant being.
So no more striving, no more not saying no and living in stress, and no more living from obligations.
Remember the words of Jesus this week, “….they toil not..”
You didn’t come here to obligate yourself and live a life that exhausts you. You came to thrive and shine! Your health and your freedom are the biggest gifts you give to others.
I think I’ll go observe nature today.
I’m so grateful for you! And I always love to hear from you, so let me know how you are and what you are observing.