Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Timeless Truths (part 3) - Hakuna Matata - No Worries?

My previous post -  Death and Taxes - was a bit of downer.  But death and taxes aren't exactly cheerful topics.  But I promised a more upbeat post, and here it is.

For those of you who have watched the Disney version of The Lion King are aware of this catchy song - Hakuna Matata - (not worries) - as sung below.



Then again, maybe not ...

Especially when I consider these words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount:

* Do Not Worry *

25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat?orWhat shall we drink?orWhat shall we wear?
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6  (NIV)

Scientific evidence concludes that to be happier - stay in the moment - as seen below in this clip from a TED talk:

Hakuna Matata?

The words of Jesus counsel us to stay in the present.  And 21st century science has shown we are much happier when we do that.  (Smart Jesus.)

Yesterday is history. 
Tomorrow is a mystery. 
Today is a gift. 
That's why it's called the present.


Previous posts in series:

Timeless Truths (Part 1) - A Cup of Cold Water (2013)

Timeless Truths (part 2) - Love (2013)


Photo from:  Wikipedia - Motor Boat

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