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How about a little clear thinking here?

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
(Leo Buscaglia)

That word is for someone today - not sure who - but you will know it when you hear it. Worry robs so many of us of today's joy - not because it has any power of its own, but because we give it the power to rob us. Worry is a state of mind, heart, will, and emotions. It diminishes our drive, deflects our focus, and demeans our hopes. If you are a 'worrier', it is time to remember we are called to be 'warriors', not worriers. 

Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound. (Proverbs 3:21-26)

Clear thinking and common sense often escape us when we allow worry to become the predominant theme of our lives. When worry worms its way into our minds, all our thoughts go to the worst and away from the best (our hopes). Our hearts are burdened down by the 'what ifs' instead of believing in the 'what's possible' in Christ Jesus. The will becomes swayed by the challenge instead of embracing the 'hardness' of the moment.

How is it we overcome worry - moving from being 'worriers' to the place we face life's challenges as 'warriors'? If we are to understand worry at its core, we need to clearly face the fact it is because we have misplaced our trust. We are placing all our trust in what we can do, or what another human might be able to accomplish. We forget the very Son of God is the one who saves us from the things set on destroying us! Eyes on self or others will surely end up in worries galore - eyes on Jesus and his ability will send worries scurrying.

Warriors don't pick up sword and shield to fight in their own power - they count on their Commander in Chief to direct their course of action. Why would we think we could face these things that cause us so much concern in our own strength and capabilities? It isn't until we lay them at the foot of the cross that we are finally able to take up our sword and shield effectively, my friends. Just sayin!


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