There has been much tragedy in my life; and at least half of it actually happened. ~Mark Twain~
How often we waste precious time and energy, worrying and fretting about things that may never even come to pass, or that which we have absolutely no control over. As we focus on such things to the point of distraction from that which we should be doing in the moment, and speak fear and doubt regarding them, we can even serve to create a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Live for this day, and don’t allow negative thoughts and fears of tomorrow to take root, and paralyze you. Make it your purpose to speak blessing, both over your own life, and the lives of others. The results will very quickly become self-evident.
Thought for the day
Please read the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 25-33. Jesus warns us against worry as he equates it to a lack of faith in God. Does worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
I recently heard of research on anxiety. In this major study it was determined that 40% of what people worry about never comes to pass, 20% is about things in the past, which we have zero control over, 20% is about things in the future. It was determined that only 8% of instances of worry were of the types of issues that deserve some concern. Only eight percent! And so I ask you, just as Jesus before us did; look at the birds in the sky; they do not reap or sow yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not more important than they? If God takes care of them will he not much more provide for you?
We have a Heavenly Father who is ready to take care of us, as his children…if we would only…let go and let God!
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
~Isaiah 41:9,10 (NIV)~
HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. ~Psalm 91:1-6 (Amp)~
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ~Psalm 46:1 (NIV)~