“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matt 6:27,34
I share this because these days there are so many things in our lives that discourage, cause stress and worry.
Just living in this day and age gives all of us real and concerning issues to stress and worry about. Most of which we cannot solve all by ourselves: the economy, the price of gas, the war in Ukraine, national policies. I’m sure you can add to the list. There are those we can do something about, even alleviate, getting beyond! They won’t disappear. But I believe the worry and stress will!
Looking back just over the last weeks, the issues I worried about could really have bothered me: a crashed computer, possibility of losing everything, post-op healing of my left hand.
Jesus provides us with some simple yet profound wisdom in navigating through these troubled waters. Jesus tells us to listen to God’s voice in the present moment, to act on what we hear, and to accomplish the one or two things we can do today. Just moving ahead, doing what we know has to be done about an issue, somehow reduces the stress.
What helps me get through the day is praying in the morning, the prayer “A Morning Resolve” from “Forward Day by Day”.
“I will try this day to live a simple, sincere life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement.”
During the day, as worries tend to flood my mind, I remember the prayer. I think: "God will take it from here. It will be better. Issues will resolve." And they somehow do resolve! I can breathe again! Ah, serenity! Ah, joy!
For me, it really is a sane way to live. Remember Jesus is always with us, and in us and invites us to:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30
Rev. Bob Perrino