By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Many of us live in this constant state of worry. Did you know that the words “worry” and “anxiety” have their roots in “choking” or “being strangled”? That’s what it feels like, doesn’t it?
We run the spiritual race, Paul says, and for many of us, that sense of worry or anxiety is like trying to run a marathon with asthma. You may try to persevere, do the right thing, help people, and live a good Christian life, but meanwhile you’re thinking, “I’m so worried about everything.”
For many of us, there is this one future date. Someday something will happen where all the stars will align and we won’t have to worry anymore. I remember when I was in elementary school, I thought that “someday” was when I went to college; I would graduate high school, live in the freedom of a dorm, and take just the classes I wanted to. But, in college, I had to write ten-page papers, find a girlfriend, and struggle with other new issues. Then I thought that “someday” would be when I was done with college; I’d get a job and have lots of money. Then I got my job and I started thinking, “Yes, someday when I retire…” And, this is how life goes. There’s always another “someday” when we mistakenly believe that all of our troubles will evaporate.
Of course, all of you who are retired, you don’t worry about anything, do you? Nothing. Perfect health. Everything’s okay. Right? No, you’re always going to have something to worry about. And, if you’re looking for something to worry about, trust me, you will find it. Stop looking for things to worry about. God is in control.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that my “someday” is today. All my troubles evaporate as I allow you to be in charge of my life, now and forever. Amen.
Reflection: What is your “someday”?