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

Speak To Me

Man praying with the BibleI awoke this morning pretty much like any other morning with my alarm clock “screaming” (it feels like that some days!) that it’s time to get up. I realize that I may be just a little sleep deprived because of the whole “spring forward” time change thing this weekend. I do love this time of year because Spring is getting close. My journey through the Word has me in Ezekiel these days and I must say that there are times when it gets tough to hear the Lord speak to me in the midst of the prophesies of this brother against all these other people. The Lord appears to be really pretty ticked off as a general theme in this book. I’m over half-way through this book and before I even opened the Word this morning I felt the Lord speaking to me. I usually try to wake my brain up before reading, but this morning I felt Him speaking into me even before that.

“I will walk with the Lord until I walk this earth no more”

This little word came to me before I even had sat down after making coffee. I can get so anxious about all I have to remember and all the responsibility that sits on my shoulders as a Christ follower, husband, dad, REALTOR/Broker, business owner…the list can go on and on. I know that the Lord knew I needed to be reminded of this today. As I opened Ezekiel 25 there it was again. Check this out…

  1. The word of the Lord came to me… (Ezekiel 25:1 NIV)

I knew I had been seeing that phrase at the beginning of each chapter. In fact I went back through the previous chapter and this phrase or a variation of it appears in 19 or the first 25 chapters of Ezekiel. Before reading the rest of chapter 25, which is prophesy against Edom, Ammon, Edom & Philistia, I just let this 8-word phrase settle into me. What a privilege and honor to hear the Lord speak into me. I believe He does this all the time if my ear will tune to His Frequency. I want to hear Him and be faithful and courageous to speak what He says if He wants me to say it.

This simple little sentence settled my anxious heart as I begin a new week. The Lord will speak to me and walk with me – who or what should I fear or worry about? NOTHING!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

No Worries

Business man relaxing having power nap outdoors with computer laptopI love those two words. I try to use them pretty often so that they disarm people who might otherwise think I’m frustrated or upset. I really want those two words to be a deep part of who I am. I want to choose NOT to worry about anything, but to trust God with everything!  I really like the word that Peter gives us. Check this out…

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud

    but shows favor to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV)

 

As I walk out my faith each day, I must fight the worries that can unsettle me and stress me out. I do want to show respect for those who are older and wiser than me even if I disagree with their position on a certain matter. I want to be humble and respectful to all. I want to be worry free in the midst of any crisis or struggle. I’m starting my day today casting all my worries and anxious thoughts on Him – He can certainly handle it!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Peace

Joy, Love, Hope, Peace and FaithThis word to me means freedom from stress or worry. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s quiet around me. It means relaxation and rest from the things that cause me to worry or stress about.

I love having peace of mind that says “all is good”. I love having a peaceful home where my boys are getting along great and not “picking” at one another.

I would love knowing that our world is at peace. That is a lot more complicated than I can even wrap my head around. There are people who believe that peace for them is my country’s destruction.  They are filled with hate, revenge and rage. To me these are the opposite of peace.

Nahum opens his little book of prophesies by describing a God of justice. He wraps up chapter one speaking of peace. Check this out…

15 Look, there on the hills,

    someone is bringing good news!

    He is announcing peace!

Celebrate your feasts, people of Judah,

    and give your promised sacrifices to God.

The wicked will not come to attack you again;

    they have been completely destroyed. (Nahum 1:15 NCV)

The Lord brought peace to His people. They were restored from captivity to their home. When I think about the peace in my little corner of the world, I must realize that there are men and women who are standing as guardians and protectors of our nation so that I can enjoy peace.

I want to be a peace with God. I want to honor Him with my decisions today. I want to trust Him with the details of my life. I’m so grateful for grace because I probably wouldn’t be at peace with God without grace. He initiated the peace I have with Him through Jesus. Without Him I would not know peace.  I love the little bumper sticker that reads: Know Christ – Know Peace; No Christ – No Peace!

Pressing On!
Dwayne