“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”

This is a quote from Shakespeare (from Henry IV), but it is applicable to many of us today. There is so much going on in today’s world that we are overwhelmed with decisions and choices. Knowing which decisions to make and knowing what the right choice is for each of those decisions is tiresome, burdensome, and exhausting. That’s reality. As a result, we struggle with uneasy heads. This lack of ease is not just limited to kings any more. Now it’s applicable to all of us, because we all wear the crowns of our lives upon our brows. And as such as feel the full weight of that piece of gaudy headgear. But this isn’t the way God intended it for those who follow His Son. He knew that if we get overwhelmed with the dreary daily duties of life, we won’t be living unconditionally for Him. That’s why Christ preached to His disciples:

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? – Matthew 6:25, NASB

and He didn’t just stop there. He also said:

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:33-34, NASB

I don’t know about you, but I need reminders like these. I need to be refreshed by the Scriptures to bring my perspective back in line with how God wants it. I can’t get so caught up in daily troubles that I forget that His kingdom should be first and foremost on my mind, in my priorities, and in my actions. I need to be like Paul when he stated:

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:7-11, NIV

What does a football game or a fancy car or a visit to some amusement park matter when compared to what waits on the other side of death? What does a job position or the square footage of a house or the resolution of a big screen TV matter when put up against the promises of Heaven? Frankly, they don’t. So we should not be worried about them, just as Christ reminded us. Now don’t get me wrong. What I’m saying is not an excuse to check out on life early. Until the Father calls each one of us home, we have a mission to do here. And we should do our utmost to fulfill it until He decides it’s time. That’s putting the kingdom first. So we need to keep things in the proper perspective, myself included. After all, the crown Jesus promises, as spoken of by folks like James and Peter, is no burden at all. We do it God’s way and our heads won’t be uneasy, but filled with joy. So what are we waiting for?

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