Skip to main content

Muddle no more

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. 
(Matthew 6:34)

The other day, mom asked me about my BFF's father - if he worried about her like she worries about me. If I don't make it home at a very specific time, she begins to imagine I am in a multiple car pile up and never coming home to her. She has always been one to imagine the worst - even when I was a small child. We used to joke that she worried over what there is to worry about! Worry is a very real thing - because we don't always know what the outcome will be. Would you say you actually know what God is doing in your life right here and now? Are you so consumed with worrying about what might happen sometime into the future that you are missing out on the here and now of God's tremendous love? Worry is a limiting device in our lives - it consumes time and energy that honestly would be best spent in other ways.

Look at Jesus' words - give your ENTIRE attention to what God is doing RIGHT NOW. The focus we maintain today determines the response we will have when we face our tomorrow. That is the key to living strongly rooted lives - focus. If God has our entire attention, there is no room for worry, anxiety, calculations, and schemes. If our focus is correct today, our pathway will be directed by God in our tomorrows - no amount of worry will change his oversight. Even if the pathway is a little rocky or riddled with all kinds of jagged things just waiting to "trip us up", he is there to help us deal with whatever comes up. We don't get caught unaware of the "pathway objects" that attempt to pull us down because he is pointing them out to us along the way - maybe not miles in advance, but quick enough for us to avoid them.

During his ministry on earth, Jesus had spent a great deal of time educating his disciples (his followers) in kingdom living. He had elaborated on the necessity for being "real" in their walk - not being caught up in the pursuit of things that fluff up their ego and diminish the glory he receives from the testimony of their lives. He pointed out that we disciples can be ignorant in our prayer life - using all kinds of "formulas" to attempt to communicate with God, but God really only desires the transparency of our heart. We also do something like 'worrying' our prayers - muddling over the mess of life in prayers - all the while not really handing them over to him, but continuing to chew upon them over and over again. To muddle over those issues time and time again is to say we don't think God wants them, could handle them, or that he is more capable than we are with them!

In addition to these principles of living, he reminds us that there is a connection between prayer and what we do. The concept of "treasure" is often referenced by Jesus as he speaks with his disciples - reminding us that wherever our treasure is (what holds our attention - even if that attention is worry) is exactly where we will end up spending our time! You might be surprised to hear Jesus remind us not to worry about missing out on stuff in life. When our focus is right from the beginning, we will enjoy all the treasures along the way that God has provided for our good. God's kids need to get focused on what God is doing today! It is not about yesterday, or even about tomorrow. Kingdom living is about today - the events, the moments of opportunity, the lessons to employ - all exposed to us in the very passing of this day.

Since we cannot affect yesterday (it has passed us by), nor really be assured of our tomorrow (we don't have any guarantee it will come) - today is our focus. In our "today", God needs to be the primary focus. What new aspect of his care are we realizing today? What lesson about his provision are we given the opportunity to embrace? Who is God placing in our path that needs to see forgiveness modeled so they can better understand the forgiveness of God? Today awaits! Focus your mind on Christ and see what riches are laid up in the day that stands before you. Let go of the worry, because it will only hold you back. Just sayin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce

Scrubbed Up and Ready to Go!

Have you ever considered just how 'clean' your hands really are? In nursing school, I remember this exercise we did where we rubbed hand lotion on our hands, then were told to go scrub them to practice a good handwashing technique. Most of us were going the extra mile by scrubbing back and front, in between the fingers and then even up above the wrist area. Surely our hands were clean, right? We came back to the room for the 'inspection' of our handwashing jobs only to find our instructor had turned the lights off, had a black light set up, and inspected our hands under that glowing beast! Guess what else 'glowed'? Our hands! The lotion was 'laced' with this 'dust' that illuminates under the black light, allowing each of us to see the specific areas around cuticles, under nails, and even here and there on our hands that got totally missed by our good 'handwashing' technique! What we thought was clean really wasn't clean at all. Clean

Doubt isn't a bad thing

I would like for you to consider for a moment what this journalist was attempting to share in his words: " Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow ." (Ambrose Bierce) Have you ever doubted? Then it is suggested you were at least at the place of some form of belief. Have you ever considered what your doubt was attempting to reveal to you? Perhaps doubt is not a bad thing because it points us to consider the truth of a matter. Where doubt is - - - there truth is. It may be in the shadows, but it is there! We need only look a little closer and we will find truth has never been far from us.  The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate dow