My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you a worrier? To some degree we all do it. There are those who fall deeply into it and others that step lightly over it. Nonetheless, did you know that worry need not be a part of your day?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Both Holly and I have recliner, rocking chairs. We like to sit in the evening, chat and go over the day’s events while rocking back and forth. Yesterday evening, as we were talking and rocking, it occurred to me how much energy went into pushing that rocker back and forth. Whether it is Holly pushing off with one foot or me with both, over the course of an hour or so we collectively put a lot of energy into making sure those rockers kept going. Although we covered a great deal of ground discussing the day’s happenings, it also occurred to me that we didn’t go anywhere. Rocking always brings you back to the same place you were, despite the amount of energy or effort you may be putting into it.
Are you a worrier? To some degree we all do it. There are those who fall deeply into it and others that step lightly over it. Nonetheless, worry is probably a part of every Christian’s day to some extant. You know, worrying is very much like those recliner rockers. You can pump hard or lightly, one foot or two, for a moment or an hour, but the result is always the same; you don’t get anywhere. You always end up where you started. Worry is no different. You can worry deeply or lightly, the result will still be nothing. In a way it’s kind of like when Holly decides that she is going to cook extra food for a family get-together. Whether you cook just enough or more than you need, people will still eat the same amount. The extravagance of more food or the economy of just enough will not affect anyone’s appetite. Worry is fear's extravagance. It extracts interest on trouble before it comes due. It constantly drains the energy God gives us to face daily problems and to fulfill our many responsibilities. It is a sinful waste because it results in nothing.
Here’s thought from an unknown author. “Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat. Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.” (Source unknown)
The Bible states, “All power is given to Jesus Christ” (Matthew 28:18). If He’s been given all power, reason and faith certainly would dictate that we have none? Jesus has been given the authority and power to take our bad situations, our hopeless causes and our terrible messes, and fix them. We have no right to make claim on His power; God has not given us the privilege. In fact, we insult Jesus when we worry at all, as God has assured us that Jesus has all things under control. If you’re compelled to worry out of habit or, perhaps, because you enjoy it, remember, the more energy you put into it, the less you’ll accomplish. In the end the problem will still be there. Only time and opportunity will have passed– without you.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving Jesus all power to deal with the things that happen in our lives. Forgive us when we take even the smallest of our problems and worry about it when we have neither the power or the authority to do anything about it. Remind us daily that in Christ all of our problems are contained and dealt with 100%. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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