You may have heard the following quote about worrying: “[it] is like sitting in a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”. I have countless experiences supporting this quote.
Although it is good for us to prepare for the future, we can’t physically live in future. In just the same way, although we can contemplate and reflect on the past, we cannot physically live in it. It looks like we only have 1 option: living in the present.
Despite this piece of common sense, I find myself worrying about the potential future or hiding in the shadow of the past. Speaker Rick Warren explains that when we worry. it is because we forget who God is. His goodness and promises have gotten lost amongst the things that consume our minds.
He reminds us of the quote found in the gospel of Matthew: “Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?” (6:27) The answer is obvious - obviously not. Conversely, I’ve taken away, not one, but many hours of my life through worrying.
Rick Warren gives you and I two suggestions:
1. WAKE UP. PRAY. Declare Jesus as Your Shepard starting from the moment you wake and throughout your day, especially before you make tough decisions 2. JESUS #1. We cannot worry and make Jesus #1 at the same time.
I don’t want to make this all seem easy, because it is so far from that. However, I do know that my worrying has got me absolutely nowhere, and has actually added to the chaos. I’ve been sitting too long on that rocking chair. I also know that I desire so much to fall completely in love with Christ. Today, one situation at a time, I will ask myself where I have placed Jesus. I will ask for His grace in reordering the priorities that are misplaced. Today, I will live one day at a time and decide to make Jesus my Shepherd at one moment at a time. Jesus, I love You. Thank You for Your love.
| This post was inspired by the following video on letting go and trusting God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jou5ANZX1BQ. They have a series of amazing videos to start your morning with. Reminder: take what you can and leave the rest. |