The man hurried to warn everyone he could about Death’s plan. As evening fell, he met Death again. “You told me you were going to take 100 people,” the man said. “Why did 1,000 die?” “I kept my word,” Death responded. “I only took 100 people. Worry took the others.”

Worry as portrayed by this tale is one of the biggest issues for many people.  What is more shocking though is that we tend to worry about things that are outside of our control.  We worry about relationships, money, jobs, incessantly without trying to find the solutions to the situations we are afraid of. It is true we will never be able to control or know everything, but we can equip ourselves to the best of our ability by seeking out the necessary resources.

The Bible clearly teaches that Christians are not to worry. In Philippians 4:6, we are commanded, “Do not be anxious [do not worry] about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In this Scripture, we learn that we should bring all of our needs and concerns to God in prayer rather than worry about them. Jesus encourages us to avoid worrying about our physical needs like clothing and food. Jesus assures us that our heavenly Father will take care of all our needs (Matthew 6:25-34). Therefore, we have no need to worry about anything.

When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn’t care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need.

This Too Shall Pass…

If you are going through hard times, take a breath and remind yourself that that too shall pass. Sometimes life gets too hard and it feels as if things will never get any better. But the good news is that that is just a trick of the mind because things usually do get better.  

Life always knows exactly what we need, what we are ready for, and when we are prepared to receive it. We are usually so busy looking behind or ahead, we miss the flow of life passing right before our eyes. Fear, anxiety, guilt, and shame fog our vision and cause us to miss the point, the lesson, and the blessing. Let us remember that right now is a blessing no matter how difficult it feels.  In fact, God promises great blessings to those that stay faithful and persevere through the hard times…

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those that love him.”  – James 1:12. So no matter whatever situation you have to deal with today, just remember that it too shall pass.

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