Not My Job

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


In an old sitcom, the running gag was a mechanic saying to his boss, "It's not my job." The expression became popular for shirking responsibility. When people wanted to avoid work, they would say, "It's not my job."

It's just the opposite with worry. Worry is the thing we're supposed to leave alone. Instead, we make it our job.

Jesus said firmly, "Don't worry about tomorrow." He compared worry to weeds that spring up and choke out the calming truth of God's word. He asked, "Who, by worrying, can add a single hour to his life?" He told us to replace worry with prayer and with trust.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Not only is worry no laughing matter—it really is not our job . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:27-33)