A few years ago there was a book written entitled, "Don't sweat the small stuff - and everything is small stuff."
The idea is this: whenever you are stressed out, thinking that situation you are in will never get resolved or be overcome, just ask yourself, "What difference will it all make a thousand years from now?"
Worry is a form of Christian atheism. It says that "if it's to be it's up to me." I must take charge. I must resolve the issue. I must bring about resolution.
Last year Dave Stevens died. Dave was pastor of Eastside Assembly of God in Tucson, Arizona and contracted a deadly cancer. He was a great man, a great pastor.
We had the opportunity to be with Dave one last time in April, 2004 during a family vacation. While we were in Tucson, we visited Eastside Assembly and during the service David Grant spoke and raised (if I remember right) over 30,000 dollars for missions work overseas.
After the service we went to an Italian restaurant and were sitting at a table next to the table where Dave Stevens was sitting with his family and with David Grant.
Dave was dying at this time.
At our table were my family and Debbie's brother and sister-in-law who are new missionaries to China. I was sharing with Doug the different ways that David Grant was effective in his presentation concerning missions, and writing on a paper tablecloth some of the principles I had also learned in raising funds.
While I was writing and talking, Dave Stevens and his family got up to leave and Dave leaned over and saw what I was writing and talking about and the last words I ever remember hearing Dave speak to me were this: "George, can't you just enjoy the blessings of God?"
It spoke to me.
As you fret and worry and get upset over today's activities and worries and fears, don't forget to lean back, take a deep breath and "enjoy the blessings of God." For a moment, don't be a Martha, as when Jesus said, "Martha, Martha, you are so busy and worried and upset about so many things," but be a Mary and sit at the feet of Jesus and enjoy his presence.
Enjoy your health. Enjoy you family. Enjoy the food on your table. Enjoy the clothes on you back. But most of all, enjoy God.
Why not? It's better than the alternative.