What Are You Worried About?

Look forward for a minute.  Think about tomorrow.  Next month.  Even next year.  Do you feel anxious or burdened?  As believers, we should be able to look ahead with peace in our hearts!  Impossible?  Certainly not!  God commands us not to worry about tomorrow.  Would He command something of us that was impossible to obey? Never. Click To Tweet

This week’s lesson in Loving God with All Your Mind begins 5 chapters on learning how to maintain a focus on the day to day things, rather than the worry and anxiety so many of us struggle with as we look ahead.

  1. PREPARE – which we will discuss today
  2. PLAN Ahead
  3. PRAY
  4. PROCEED
  5. Trust God to PROVIDE

I have to admit, the thing I worry about the most, when I look ahead, is my health.  In many ways, I’m the healthiest I have ever been.  Changing my diet has changed my life.  My diabetes is gone, as long as I keep up this lifestyle change.  The gene has been triggered, however, so I must continue to eat this way to keep my symptoms in line.  The one area that has not changed is my fibromyalgia.  The thought of a lifetime of pain can just about send me over the edge.  Hmmm, that must be why God told me not to fret about tomorrow!  Hangin’ off the edge in survival mode isn’t the kind of life God intended for me to live! ”

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.    Psalm 118:24

Sister in Christ, if we are busy rejoicing about today, we won't have TIME to worry about tomorrow! Click To Tweet

Here is God’s command to us.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.   Matthew 6:34

There you have it.  We are NOT to worry about what tomorrow holds.  Tomorrow will care for itself.  There are enough issues today on which to focus.  That doesn’t mean we are to avoid THINKING about tomorrow.  On the contrary.  If we make plans today, we can look ahead with peace in our hearts.

Elizabeth George gives us some suggestions in this chapter, to help us PREPARE, so that we are able to obey God’s command to not look ahead with apprehension.

  • Prepare each evening.  Look at your schedule for tomorrow.  What can you do to be ready?  Set your clothes out, and those of the kids.   Meals planned?  You can even take food from the freezer the day before and place it in the refrigerator.  What ever you choose to do, be prepared.  And don’t forget to give your preparations to the Lord in prayer.  Go to bed and sleep peacefully, knowing you are ready.
  • Prepare each morning.  We read in the Gospels that Jesus took time each day to pray in private.  There is no better example, you know?  I try to remember to begin each day with prayer, offering that day to God.  It is a matter of releasing my grasp on the day, yielding to His sovereignty.

We must release our grasp on each day, yielding to God's sovereignty. Click To Tweet

A few days ago, I did just that.  I was spending time alone with God and I actually prayed out loud. ” Lord, this is your day.  Do with it what You choose.”  Within an hour, my father had called and we were headed to the Emergency Room.  As many of you know, this has been a rough year with my mother’s death last February and my father’s lengthy rehabilitation after a hip fracture in May.  To hear him say that he fell, landing on the other hip cause my heart to sink.

I admit it.  Initially I fell apart.  The last two weeks have been terribly painful for me.  Stressful times, not unlike a change in the weather, make my fibromyalgia much worse.  I immediately thought ahead to weeks in rehab with Daddy.  I panicked.  THEN I remembered what I had just done.  I had given this day to HIM.  It was no longer mine!  In the time I had to get dressed and drive to my father’s, I called several friends to pray and to spread the word for others to pray.  During the 20 minute drive to get my father, I felt a peace come over me.  I KNEW people were praying for me.  For him.  MANY people, thanks to the internet.  What sent me over the edge?  Worry about tomorrow…and the next day…and the next.

I have learned, but don’t always follow through, that I can make all the plans in the world for my day, but if I don’t give those plans to HIM, I’m setting myself up for failure.  The only way to be prepared for life’s interruptions is to move forward in expectancy.  Jesus was interrupted ALL. DAY. LONG.  He gave each day to His Father and moved forward.  We must as well.  It wasn’t in my plan to take my father to the ER.  But it was in God’s plan for that day.  Thankfully, nothing was broken.  We did spend 6-7 hours in the ER waiting.  A definite test of the principle we are looking at this week.

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What about you?  Are you worried about tomorrow?  Are you prepared for tomorrow?  Move forward in obedience!  Spend each day rejoicing in it!

7 thoughts on “What Are You Worried About?

  1. Beth….this is really helpful teaching and I would value the previous 4 in this series…. I am going to try to find them on your blog.
    May God’s mighty inner strengthening help you to endure as you give each day to Him. Without Him, it would be impossible, so I am so grateful you know Him who is your strength,

    • Mary, if you click the category “Loving God with All Your Mind,” it will give you all the blog posts so far from the study on this book. I also link to the book on Amazon so you can purchase it and the study guide if you like. (not affiliate links). I’ve gone through this book before and I get something out of it each time. I’m thankful that the Lord is ministering to you through these posts.

  2. Beth, I appreciated all that you shared. I can let anxiety about the future come calling on me and stay “too long’. I have to “interrupt” myself and go back to the right focus being on the Lord who is holding me steady in the moments of today.

    I believe that one of the most useful preparations I want to make for each day is to have a plan of attack for when the thoughts of tomorrow clamor for too much attention. Yes – some things need planning – time set aside for more formal prayer, the daily chores or outings for the week. That is only wise.

    The other – not so wise! I want to count the blessings I have right now.

    xo Lynn

  3. Beth, Thank you for sharing. That’s a touching story. I appreciate your real-life example… We are so quick to say “Don’t worry”, but it’s harder to actually put it into practice. I’m glad your father is doing well, and I’m glad the Holy Spirit was with you and you were able to apply Jesus’ teachings to your lifestyle.

    • Thanks for your comments, Marquitta. It is a daily struggle and I fail more often than I’d like to admit.

  4. Oh, Beth, I can really relate to these words! I’m a planner by nature and tend to get irritated when my plans get interrupted. The Lord is really working on me in this area – to let Him lead my day, to view “interruptions” as opportunities to obey instead. I really liked this line “Hangin’ off the edge in survival mode isn’t the kind of life God intended for me to live!” So true! I’ve been feeling a prompting to get a little more organized lately, but I know I must balance that desire with obedience to the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharin with us at Grace and Truth!
    Jen :)

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