"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34
A recent survey by the global marketing research firm IPSOS found that people around the world are most worried about Inflation, Poverty/Social Injustice, Unemployment, Crime & Violence and Financial/Political Corruption. More simply one may well conclude that our world is most worried about those things of Money and Blood.
Inflation, Poverty/Social Injustice, Unemployment, Crime & Violence and Financial/Political Corruption are all tightly woven into the economy. What is affordable (Inflation)? Who can afford what and why can’t everyone (Poverty/Social Injustice)? How does one obtain and retain one’s ability to purchase those things one needs and wants (Unemployment)? And lastly how does one protect oneself and one’s possessions from evildoers (Crime & Violence and Financial/Political Corruption). Money and Blood.
The survey did not ask the Big Question, although there may have been an “Other” option at the bottom of the list. A list which no doubt included specific health and relationship related questions. And of course, Climate Change was somewhere on that list. According to climate activists it should absolutely be THE most worrisome of all our concerns. They warn us long and loudly that it will ultimately sweep us away along with all our treasures. But neither is it the Big Question.
The Big Question, the Eternal Question is What Comes Next? What awaits us on the other side of this life? When the line goes flat are our worries over? For is it then no longer our burden to worry about Inflation, Poverty/Social Injustice, Unemployment, Crime & Violence or Financial/Political Corruption? Hot or cold, wet or dry; will it matter? For us the clock has stopped. No more sleepless nights, our journey complete. Or is it? What Comes Next? If you don't know...now that would be something worth worrying about.
"But first seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33