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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Worry or Worship?

When faced with a difficult situation, I have found that I have one of two choices: I can worry, or I can worship.

So many times I choose to worry. I know it's not right, I know it's not good for me, but I still worry.

It doesn't help when someone comes along and says, "there's nothing to worry about, why worry?"

That's easy for you to say, you aren't in my situation.

I don't like cliches anyway.

I need a constant reminder in my life that in the midst of worries about finances, food and fitness that I can worship instead of worrying.

Jesus asks a great rhetorical question in Matthew 6:27, "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not."

If anything, worries can take away from my life. It's so easy to try to arrange the details of our lives so carefully that I leave God out of the process. It's so easy to try to rely on our own abilities and that we have a lot to lose if things don't turn out the way we want.

What is the antidote to worry?

Well, the following thoughts are thoughts that you and I are well aware of...Yet so important....For most of us they are simply a reminder to help us through this day, Tuesday, August 16, 2005.

I must worship. I must recognize that God is in control of every area of my life. I must invite him, as I worship, to get involved in the details of my life. Peter writes, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you."

I must keep a proper perspective. I must focus on the creator instead of my circumstance.

Jesus says, "look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

I love that. Let's get our perspective right.

I must live for today. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not yet here, today is all we have.

Jesus said, "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own."

Great stuff.

Are there areas of worry within your life that need to be blown up? Be honest with yourself and transparent with God. Worship instead of worry.

1 comment:

Jon said...

I'm like you...I try not to worry about things, knowing that God will provide. He always has and I know that He always when I catch myself worrying, I remind myself (okay, sometimes I chastise myself!) that I love and serve a great God who has taken care of me for my whole life. When I look back and see the things that He has brought me through, I rejoice that He loves me and cares for me ALL THE TIME! Even when I did not return His love, He took care of me; even when I ran from His will, He loved me and watched over me; even when I fail to trust in His plan and worry about things, He cares enough for me to forgive my doubt. We can meet with an Awesome God any time we want, if we just worship and pray, and that's amazingly special to me. I know I've said a couple of times in these past blogs but I'll say it have to find songs of worship that give glory to God and lift your soul--find one, or two, or ten, or a hundred because they're out there just waiting to be sung. Don't worry about your voice, because that's the voice God gave you...lift it up to Him in praise and worship, lift it up in song and see if your life doesn't get better!