It seems we are always anticipating something or some event. Some are always working toward the weekend and then we are miserable on Monday. Can’t wait for my wedding next year, vacation in 7 months, concert in 5 months or tomorrow night’s favorite TV show. And when all these happen we are distracted and we sometimes complain to others we cannot wait.
Part of this is related to how busy we are each day and we miss time. Wow, is it June already, is it Thursday already? Whoops, missed events and conversations today already. At the end of the day did you ever take 10 minutes and evaluate your day? What did I do or accomplish today when I can’t remember what I did yesterday. I guess as we get older it appears our memory may start to fade. Sometimes I can’t remember where I put my car keys. So want can we do with all these issues ? Well, our source to keep us on track is the Bible. God should be the driver of our life and He states in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”. NIV. Anxious is the key word. We need to slow down and enjoy each day, each hour and each minute. For myself I try not to over plan a day. I have a free few hours and schedule 10 hours of work to be done. When someone asks for help we are afraid to say no. God wants us to have times of rest as we may feel guilty when we come across down time. We never schedule downtime so we are surprised. A calendar is for scheduling but can also be used to ensure our schedule is not on overload. Block out a ½ day or an evening. In the Gospels we see Jesus going away on His own to pray and rest. What if we could or would stop and pray more each day? I do try to pray for each day when I get up so God is part of my day. Sometimes I evaluate my day before I go to bed with prayer. It does take time to know and obey Him more. Verse 6 also mentions “with thanksgiving”. We need to be thankful for who He is and what He has done for us. Have you ever thanked God? Thank Him for the details and amazing things He has done in your life. We should know not all things are amazing but He will help us work through our being anxious. Note five items you are thankful for right now. I am thankful for my wife Patti, my whole family (2 daughters, 2 sons-in law and 4 grandkids) my book ministry, my church family and my blog readers. Now it is your turn.
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