Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. –Philippians 4:8 NIV
It’s 2:00 a.m., and you can’t sleep…so what do you do? You think, “Sleep, must sleep,” but the harder you try to sleep, the worse it gets. Now you’re more awake than ever. If we could figure out why we can’t sleep, instead of trying to force sleep, perhaps we’d get some rest.
The same principle applies to worry. The more we worry, the more our emotions take over. The result? We worry more. What if instead of focusing on the things we can’t control, we focused on the things we can. What if instead of dwelling on what could go wrong, we focused on the things that have already gone right?
Worrying today about tomorrow never changes anything. It only robs us of the joy promised today. We have a loving Father who knows our every need. He longs to bless His children as much as we long to bless ours. No matter how things may look, we can always rest in His love. Since the Father provides for birds, aren’t you more valuable than they are? (See Matthew 6:26-27.) Don’t worry about tomorrow, and don’t worry about worry. Simply trust the One who has carved us in the palm of His hand.
- Father, help me to remind myself daily that each day has its own problems and not to worry about what the future may hold.
- Help me remember to be a “can-do” kind of person, and let the “can’t” go.