“Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but it gets you nowhere.”
– Mark Twain
Today, I thought I would start off this blog post with something different. Mark Twain was an incredible writer and typing His profound words on my computer got me thinking about the people I do life with every day. As I look at the people around me, I can’t help but see the common characteristic among them: worry. Students worry about their tomorrow as if what is going on today does not matter, parents worry about the raising their children correctly, single men and women worry with making sure they are doing everything right to find their Mr. or Mrs. Right …. etc. and the list can go on forever but you get where I am going with this. We (myself included) always have something that is sticking out in our mind and Jesus having everything under control is not the first thing that pops up.
This isn’t something new; the disciples felt the same way when Jesus sleeping on the boat and a huge storm came. The disciple’s first response was to panic and wake up Jesus because drowning was inevitable at this point. Yet, Jesus makes a wonderful remark in another occasion stating: “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (John 16:31-33 MSG)
Worrying just gets you move backwards and to abandon the boat that you are on with Jesus. Quit worrying and start worshipping! Nothing is impossible with God and; if you can trust in that unwavering promise then, all is well.
What you give attention to, you give authority.
Whenever you feel like you don’t have control over a situation and your initial response is to worry, begin to worship.
Worship is not a want; it is a need.
When Jesus spoke to the waves and the storm ceased, the disciples believed not because of what He did but in who He was.
Worship is assigning worth to something.
What are you allocating time and attention to today? Are you focusing on your 99 problems or are your reminding yourself of how amazing God is?!?!?