Life is like a merry-go-round.
We’re sitting on an ostrich, and the world is spinning by at a million miles an hour.
If we try to change our situation, we wind up on a roaring lion or a pink unicorn, and we’ve stumbled three times in the transition.
A better house? Of course we want that. Then, we find our new place has a broken air conditioner, and we wake up to discover a sink hole in the back yard.
Improve our car? Who wouldn’t want a better ride? Then the transmission goes before we get to the first oil change, and we’re reminded of how dependable our previous car was.
We want to throw up our hands and scream.
Philippians 4:6 gives us a better outlook on our circumstances.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Bobby McFerrin, jazz vocalist, put out a 1988 song that went, “Don’t worry. Be happy.”
Philippians tells us we should toss our worries out the window. Give anxiety a break. In worldly terms, we need to chill.
When we let the stress slide off us, we can uncover the better way to deal with our merry-go-round life.
First, we turn to God in prayer, asking him to meet our needs.
Next, we offer him thanksgiving for the many ways he’s provided for us.
That’s easier, isn’t it? We don’t lie awake at night wondering how we’ll pay the bills. We don’t get jittery when the mail arrives. We don’t have to calculate how tightly our budget will have to be squeezed, because we’ve turned it over to God.
Life will never stop being crazy. We don’t have to be crazy with it.
Our job is to turn over our worries to God.
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