“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
Are you living in busyness, worry, fear and control, OR in gratitude, trust, joy and surrender?
Quite a difference between these two concepts, wouldn’t you say?
While reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp last fall, I came to chapter 8 which was by far the most challenging chapter (it hit the nail on the head of most of the things that God’s been working on with me lately).
Fear, worry, busyness, control… I don’t know about you, but I often find myself tense, stressed and ultimately, worried. I hate to call it worrying, but that is what it is, and it is a sin to worry, according to Jesus, so why do I give in to worry? My theory is that if you minimize sin and don’t call it what it is (like I’ve been doing in this area), it doesn’t look so bad and you don’t know just how badly you really need Jesus. [And just FYI, I REALLY need Jesus!!!]
Gratitude, trust, joy, surrender… All of these are linked together, but as I see it, thankfulness is the necessary building block for the rest of these qualities. My challenge to you is to write down 3 things that you are thankful for every day for a week and see how your attitude changes. I definitely am not “there yet” by any streach of the imagination… I still get knots in my stomach when I know I’m going to give a public testimony, or when I’m going to be flying, so I’m preaching to myself more than to anybody else. Oh, and YES; If Jesus said not to worry, then worrying is disobedience, and disobedience is a sin.
Now run with endurance the race!