“Anxious.” I think that’s a good word that we can all relate to. We’ve been there, are there, or will soon be there. Anxiety is a side effect of the unknown. The more we lack in certainty or assurance, the more we fill ourselves up with anxiety. Our lives are fueled by a strong mix of needs and desires, and we long for them to reach satisfaction. When we aren’t certain that we will find that satisfaction, or will be left lacking and in a state of want, anxiety creeps in.

Jesus addressed this in one of His most famous talks to a crowd of thousands: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33)

According to Jesus, anxiety begins to fade away when two things happen: we order our lives by thefirst-things-first-title right priorities (beginning with the rule of God), and we trust that He will supply us with what we need. In other words, if He is reigning in our lives then we will find satisfaction.

Beginning this Sunday at Liberty Hill we start a fresh new series, “First Things First.” We’ll be talking about the essential priorities that must lead our lives as individuals, and as a church. We’re celebrating our 130th birthday as a church this year, and this series will give us the chance to celebrate where we’ve been, and remind us of what we must keep first as we continue to grow forward. Whether we’re talking about our individual lives or our collective life as a church, right priorities keep the soul healthy and whole! Join us for Sunday School at 9:30 AM, and for our worship service at 10:30 AM.

Grace Received,

Joe Payne