Oct. 16, 2020 ~ Control

 

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

“Want to make God laugh? Show God your plans.”

Why do we feel the need to control every aspect of our lives at every waking moment?  We worry about everything!  No matter what it is, we fail to control 100% of every situation no matter what.  Life will always throw you a curve.  Want to plan the perfect picnic for a day outside? It rains.  Planning a surprise birthday party? Guess what, the Pastor knows what you are planning!

The only thing you can control in life is you.  Your thoughts, emotions, actions, reactions, behaviors and choices.  Therefore, since the only thing I can control is my actions……  Bring on the pity party!  I had planned on several horse shows, lots of trail rides with friends, hanging out and girl time with my horse pals, and not being home bound!  Just like I know most of you were not planning on no vacations, school closings, store closings, lost jobs, a slumping economy, friends and relatives getting sick, etc.

What do we do then if we don’t worry about tomorrow?  We leave it to God.  Today I will do my job and be the best I can be.  I will socially distance, wear my mask, wash my hands, use hand sanitizer and follow CDC guidelines.  While this does not allow for physical hugs, close contact with loved ones and the things I long for.  I call my family on an almost daily basis, I am closer to my sister than I have been in a long time despite the fact we are 12 hours driving time apart.  I talk to my Mom weekly, she is in Canada, and I talk to my Dad weekly.

Here is my challenge to you, how can you worry a little less today about tomorrow?  Call up a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, you’ll both be glad to talk, even if it is just to say “hello friend.”

Gracious Father,

I sometimes forget that you are with me.  Please forgive me for that.  Help me to live one day at a time and not worry about tomorrow but instead focus on today.  Amen.


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