Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Right Between the Eyes

Although this excerpt is from October 17th's reading of Jesus Calling, I just read it today. And I should probably read it every day from here on out.

Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me.
If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules: 1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout up like mushrooms when you wander there. 2) Remember the promise of My continual Presence; include Me in any imagery that comes to mind. This mental discipline does not come easily, because you are accustomed to being god of your fantasies. However, the reality of My Presence with you, now and forevermore, outshines any fantasy you could ever imagine.

Luke 12:22-26

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
 22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26 If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?

Ephesians 3:20-21

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
 20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

I like to plan. I like to think ahead. But as a person who is prone to anxious thoughts, I need this reminder for me to always include the One who knows my future when anticipating my future. It's also a reminder of the potential waste of time some of my planning can be.


Christy Bullock said...

This is good. I need this every day too!

Christy Bullock said...

Oh, and I'm glad you're back. I miss your blog posts. :-)