We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Funny, I guess each of us gets the message he needs. My own conscience or caution or laziness is always telling me "stop" or "watch your step." What He usually is telling me is "Get off your butt" and "take a risk." I've always liked that medieval saying "Let us take the adventure that God sends us," even though it goes right against my grain.
The part of this passage that really speaks to me time and time again is the juxtaposition of "the worries of this life" with "dissipation and drunkenness." The latter of these two is no problem at all, and I can usually avoid dissipation, as God has chosen to limit my means, but allowing "the worries of this life" to weigh down my heart and control my mind is something I too easily do. My focus and my priorities are skewed because of the temporal.
That was the answer Jesus gave to his disciples when they asked him when would the temple be destroyed, when would be the end of the age, and when would Jesus come; and what would be the sign of those coming things? See Matthew 24 for a parallel passage. Note that Jesus was talking directly to his disciples, not to us today. If we can better understand what his answer meant to his disciples, at that time, in their world, then it will have broader meaning for our lives today.