Worry, Sugar, Oops! Pray!
Throughout my week I start so many posts but never really finish them. It is somewhat annoying to me that I am always striving for the perfect words to put onto paper to publish. Little things happen throughout the week and even though I write about them, they don’t seem complete. They seem shallow. I prayed and thought I need to post a REAL message, a message in which I can cling to. (You see most of the posts are written for me even though you are reading them. LOL)
My life this week has been routine as usual. Although the new school year is starting, I teach school year round so the beginning of a new school year doesn’t have the same ring it once did. Summer school is coming to an end, yet rolling into the new school year beginning. My life at home is the same. Nothing is really new at home either.
You would think with such routine in life I wouldn’t have anything to worry about. Right? WRONG! I would not classify myself as a worrier. I mean, I don’t let worry get the best of me but I do tend to worry here and there. It’s crazy because I am usually content knowing God provides. He always has!
So what’s the problem?....
The problem is worry creeps in. I have come to realize worry is like sugar. You can stay away from sugar and do well, but once you have a little taste of sugar it seems like you crave or gravitate toward sugar more often. The same is true for worry.
When I worry about things (in which I usually have no control over), I find I am often consumed during other times of my day with those same concerning thoughts. Times throughout the day I would normally be offering praises to God quickly get overtaken with the distraction of worry. Worry starts to run rampant if not kept in check. It is necessary to purposefully stop contemplating scenarios to worry about and turn my focus more on how to pray for theses concerns then release them to God in anticipation of praise reports. I need to be mindful my prayers set the tone for my day and to start each day from Jesus’s perspective. I can’t harbor my petitions through the day. Bottom line, worry strangles my prayers. I simply need to pray then just yield to Christ.
These words may not be the perfect for this post however the words in Matthew 6:25-34 are perfect!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 25-34