Walk Instead of Worry

Yellow roadsign with WORRY FREE ZONE messageI remember reading a quote years ago that said: “Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it will get you nowhere”. I have my own secret way of worrying. I actually use a different word. Instead of saying I’m worried about something, I use the word “concerned”. The concept is still the same. I find myself worrying about things that I have zero control over. I can do nothing about the weather. I can do nothing about what people in other parts of the world choose to do. I can do nothing about my past. I can really only control my response to the past while living in the present and planning for a future – which I have little control over as well. When the dust clears, worry does NOTHING to help me, instead it actually harms my heart deep within.

Jesus spoke clearly in His teaching about worry and what a waste of time and energy. He goes a bit deeper inside it and calls out the source of our worry – money. Check this out…

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:24-27,31-34 NLT)

I came away after reading that this morning thinking that I simply need to keep walking with the Lord and not worrying about anything. I think about money every day – how much I have; or how much this will cost; I don’t think I could ever have too much. I need to care less about what others think of me and care more about how I’m walking with the Lord. I need to care less about my past and how things used to be and embrace what my future looks like with the Lord in charge. I need to quit worrying and start walking in step with the Lord. He created me. He created this world. He owns everything and I’m simply His manager. I will get a lot more done for Him and His work, if I stop being so self-absorbed in worry.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Morning Quiet Time

Man praying with the BibleI love the early morning. Sometimes I simply wake up and my mind goes in motion about things I need to work on or prepare for. I don’t like to start my day until I hear from the Lord and spend some time listening to Him speak to me. I’m not sure when I started doing this, but now it seems really strange if I’m out of town or out of pocket and can’t start my day listening to His Word. This morning I came across a passage in Isaiah that really affirmed my morning commitment. Check this out…

 4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God. (Isaiah 50:4,10 NIV)

 

I really try hard to listen to the Lord on everything and worry about nothing. That is easier said than done. When I catch myself worrying, I can usually recall a verse or passage that reassures me that He will lead me through the darkest night or the most confusing situation. He gives me wisdom and discernment that I can’t explain. He puts ideas in my head that are brilliant. He gives me compassion and keeps my heart shapeable. I respect the Lord from the depths of who I am and who He made me to be. I want the sum total of all I am to bring as much honor to Him as I can possibly muster up.

He loves it when I spend time with Him.

He loves it when I let Him lead my life.

He loves it when I love like Him.

He loves it when all of me points to Him.

He loves it when I’m quiet and I listen to Him.

He loves it when I’m teachable.

He loves it when I have the courage to walk in the way He’s leading.

His mercies are new each morning. He speaks into my heart each morning – sometimes simply and sometimes quite profoundly. I love hearing Him speak. I find rest and peace as I hang out with Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne