If only life could be a sweet laid back reggae melody while the ocean waves roll in on the sand undulating between your toes as the breeze caresses your body and the sun kisses your skin.
Unfortunately, thoughts, cares, and responsibilities can bring undulating waves of worry that can sometimes be debilitating.
Pastor Greg Laurie had an amazing sermon about worry that gave way to a whole new perspective of just what it is and why it is so detrimental not only spiritually – but emotionally, psychologically and physically. Worrying is negative mediation on things and circumstances that are often beyond your control. Worrying about the future is pointless and we often worry about things that never come to pass. Calling a spade a spade,.. that is a classic example of a waste of time! Worry robs you of time, happiness, sleep, your health, and positivity. It is also a clear indication that you don’t trust God enough to pull you through.
Rather than worry about it or talk about it… pray about it. Chalk it up to JC! Sounds simple, right? Ok,.. well it might not be at first., Which is why after talking to my sisters, cousins, and a couple friends in search of a better method of navigation through life in 2015, we came up with a challenge that will promote our dependency on God through prayer and strengthen our faith.
See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? Matthew 6:26
God loves us more than we could ever imagine. His immense love for us is unfathomable and instead of racking our brains, complaining, or seeking the stars, give this a try:
- Identify what is causing you to worry.
- Write it on a Post-it note.
- Fold the Post-it note strategically using the sticky side to seal it like an envelop.
- Place it in a jar or box, or whatever you chose to keep as your official prayer container.
- Once that Post-it is placed in the prayer container, do not mention it aloud again. Rather, if and when your thoughts persist, say a quick prayer. Bear in mind the shortest prayer was “Lord, save me!” Compliments of Peter… So it doesn’t have to be a drawn out soliloquy.
The challenge is to repeat steps 1-5 every time you find yourself gripped with worry about anything that worries you for 365 days. Date them, if you like.. so that way exactly one year from now you can dig in and take stock of every little thing; look at a year’s worth of worries and cares at a glance. It’s gonna be all right!
Make one if you like, grab a large mason jar, or purchase a prayer box like this lovely wooden one here available at Serenity Corner. Please give it shot and keep me posted. Don’t worry about a thing and remember,.. God answers knee mail!