God's given us today, July 10th.
How will I spend it?
If I'm scared, I am not trusting.
Fear and Trust are opposites and cannot exist at the same time.
I thought back to a recent conversation I had with a friend expressing that I was worried that it will be impossibly to even have an honest election. I ended the conversation by saying, "but the Lord needs all of this to happen in order to fulfill his plan, so we just have to rest in Him".
As I walked away from that conversation I found myself not long afterward worrying this time about 'defunding the police departments'...
Did my worry honor the Lord? Did it change tomorrow? Did it demonstrate trust?
No, it instead supports a lack of trust. AND wastes time the Lord gifted me with by allowing me to have today. And over a period of time worry can actually shorten my life by ruining my health.
Matthew 6:27 & 34
What I'm trying to be diligent about is going to prayer the minute I find myself slipping back into worry. For me this means I need to avoid listening to news and anything that takes my eyes off of Jesus. This refocuses my mind toward TODAY and the things that God has placed before me to care for, work on, and spend this day doing. We have the opportunity right now to be the biggest witnesses we've ever been if we can demonstrate a calmness, a kindness and reliance on God, and refuse to become part of the frantic, endless search for answers the world is pursuing!
A watching world cannot deny God's power when they see us rest in Him instead of getting caught up in the worry frenzy around us!