Is this you? I tackle too much too often. I multitask, I juggle, I try to manage the chaos, and then I crash for a few hours to dream about the tasks I did not complete, the balls I dropped, and the chaos that managed me. And I take pride in this ridiculous activism, imagining that my frantic pace somehow proves my importance. I am a knucklehead. I am pretty sure that I am not the only one.
Jesus talks to and about my tribe, the knuckleheads, in Matthew 6:25-34. He addresses the fact that we worry. We worry about today, and about tomorrow. We worry about the things we have and about the things we need. We worry out loud, asking "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" and we "run after all these things". Our anxiety level tends to dictate our activity level.
Jesus proposes an alternative. He reminds us that our Father knows our needs, and he tells us: "Seek first [God's] kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you ". Matthew 6:33. We are invited to narrow our focus, away from the many and toward the One.
For knuckleheads, this is a radical shift. We balk at a narrow focus. We are suckers for what is called the worldly ideal which promises variety and a multitude of things, but ultimately delivers emptiness. Quit being a knucklehead and focus. It could save your life.