Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. … The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. (Luke 8:7 & 8:14)
As a clerk on Wall Street at age 17, Thomas Gallagher saved $10 a week to buy Christmas presents. Now 72, a multimillionaire, he still worries if he has enough money. Power, security, self-worth, freedom, and joy aren’t bought with wealth, God gives them freely to His children.
Worries are thorns in our lives. We can’t worry and trust God at the same time. Riches and pleasures can become thorns if not used to produce a good crop.
Heavenly Father, help me accept your gifts of love, power, security, self-worth, freedom and joy so I won’t be choked with worries. Show me how to use those gifts to love others and do your work.