Wisdom on the Last Monday of 2020

“Put all ‘supposing’ on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God” (Oswald Chambers, Run Today’s Race).

I’m aware that not all anxiety is a choice and sometimes you can’t just “pray it away” or “have more faith.” Sometimes, you need counseling and medication.

But I also know that worrying is a choice. It’s focusing on tomorrow’s problems before they even get here. And the kicker is that most of the so-called problems and issues you worry about never end up happening. So all that fretting and worrying is wasteful and pointless. Plus, you rob today of joy by always thinking about tomorrow. So says the one who spends way too much time worrying and fretting over dumb stuff.

The key is learning to dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Just like Jesus talked about the branch abiding in the vine. Just like Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus instead of constantly rushing about in a state of panic over a never-ending to-do list. Just like Jesus in the boat, sleeping in the midst of a storm.

Maybe the word for 2021 is abide. If I could ever learn to abide in God, I think I’d worry about stuff a lot less. Don’t you?

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