Saturday, April 05, 2008

Daily Digest #43

Look at the birds of the air . . . . — Matthew 6:25-34

The passage above is one of my favorites, especially "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -- Matthew 6:34". I hope we all get to reflect on it today.

We are always reminded by the Scriptures not to worry. Most of us might say, "but how is that possible??? there's too many issues in this world, in this life" etc, etc... I guess the core reason why people worry is because we tend to control EVERYTHING around us. We forget that we can only control ourselves, our reactions to situations that come our way. We cannot control others' words or opinions, it's their right to blurt out anything they want, as much as it is our right, which we are always responsible for anyway. We worry about our next decision, the outcome of our decisions, the response of an enemy, a loved one or a friend. We even worry about what we would become in 5 or 10 years! We worry so much that we ignore what we have NOW, what blessings life is giving us at this moment. I guess it's natural to have goals and ambitions, we are all made that way. But to focus on that alone and ignore one's character and relationships with other people for the sake of the things we want is just plain wrong. We ought to remember that everything is temporary in this world, and that anytime all this will be taken away. If we focus our hearts and mind to what's to come after this life, we would treat life differently everyday. It's like living a new life, doing the most out of every moment given to us. We learn to value the blessings that we get, realizing that we have more than we ever dreamed of or asked for. Our God is great that He knows each of our needs, even when we do not know them yet. God provides. If we remember these things always, worry will be scrapped out of our lives.

I once told a friend how I learned to deal with my worries. First thing I ask myself is, "do i have control over the situation?". If so, what can i do about it? If none, then there's nothing left for me to do but pray, sit back and wait, then let go. We often fail to lift up our worries and concerns to the Lord that we burden ourselves with unnecessary loads. We waste our time and energy when we should have used them on things that value most.

For this, may we pray that we learn to lift up our worries to Him. May we develop a grateful heart, giving value to every blessing we receive, for we already have more than what we need. May we remember that God is always in control. May we also be given wisdom, courage, patience and faith every time we encounter difficult situations. May we remember that every trial is a test of character. May we always consult and trust the Lord, for He knows everything. You all have a great day. Pray always.

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