Don't worry, be happy.
Easy for Timon and Pumba to say.
But they weren't trying to prepare a blog post and the internet kept dying on them. Yes, there were wild beasts chasing them, salivating at chomping on them for dinner, but that is nothing compared to not being able to get my post up in Seekerville on time!!!
Now that I have the internet fixed (more on that later), I'll share what's on my heart, but I'll have to ad-lib since I can't open the brilliant original information my sister-in-law emailed me. Not her fault, just one of the many technilogical issues I faced tonight.
So, here we go ... sans her great bullet points and scripture references.
A couple of weeks ago, she gave a devotional at church about worry, and I asked if I could share her talk in Seekerville. We all tend to worry too much, stressing about everything from our finances, to our health, our children, our jobs.
Matthew 6:27 reminds us, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"
This is non-productive worry. So much of what we worry about never comes to pass. And by worrying, can we really change things? No, we can't.
Newsflash! As I got to this point in my post, my internet went out again, so of course I'm slightly worried that it won't come back up and I won't be able to post this blog.
But I'm not losing faith! I'm going to keep typing, and believe!
The whole point of my post that might not see the light of day is that we shouldn't sweat the small stuff.
But, you say, some of my worries are huge.
Life-threatening illnesses, the threat of losing a job, fear over the fate of a wayward child, making house payments, meeting your contract deadlines, or where the next meal will come from are not small stuff.
Practice Philippians 4:6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Instead of worrying about these issues, pray about them. Worry won't change the outcome, but prayer can. And while you're waiting on an answer, your prayers will soothe your worried heart like a balm in Gilead.
I could let this half-baked post worry me, but my hope is that you will know my heart. Internet problems, files that wouldn't open, and, would you believe... I had to re-type this entire thing into blogger because it wouldn't let me copy and paste from Word. I've never had that problem before!
But I'm not going to worry!
I'm going to be happy instead!
Just take your problems one day at a time, and pray about them instead of worrying.
Also, today's prize is a copy of Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson.