Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Where's the flu?????

The front page of our local newspaper recently ran an article saying the flu has not "shown up" in our area so far this season. I am sure this is the same newspaper that created a frenzy in the fall warning of how bad the flu season would be this year and that there was a shortage of vaccines.

A frenzy. Doesn't take much to create one does it??? We are a worrying people. We worry if we have enough or if we have too much. We worry about illness, finances, disasters, and if God really does care. We spend our days keeping our self busy in hopes of escaping those dark places of worry but inevitably night comes and we are left with our deepest and darkest fears staring is right in our face.

I heard Tony Evans say that there is a difference between worry and concern. Worry controls you. Concern you have control of. I know that I am often controlled my worry. It effects my health, my relationships, and my reaction to uncontrollable circumstances. We are told many times in the Bible to not be afraid, to not fear, and to not worry.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~Matthew 6:25-34

So there we have it. The remedy for worry. Just don't. Seek first the kingdom and everything else will be ok. Easier said than done but not impossible. We can retrain our thought process with God's help. We can be different today than we were yesterday but it is a choice. We need to choose today or even just for this moment to not allow worry to take control of us. Then an amazing thing happens. Moment by moment and day by day we change. Worry isn't what we default to anymore. Faith is. A powerful thing isn't it.....The God of the universe that knows every single hair on our head(and our loved ones by the way)steps in and takes control of our life. No more worry filled life just faith filled abundant living.

Have a blessed and worry-free day!

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