If all we have is today, so why should we worry about tomorrow or yesterday? For these things are not in our control, and worrying is simply a waste of time. In St Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he shares this inspiring message, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Paul’s letter reveals many truths and provides great insight about dealing with worry and anxiety. He does not deny that worry or anxiety exist because they are part of human nature. What he does reveal is the importance of firstly, accepting these feelings and emotions, and secondly he shares the importance of praying with the thanksgiving. Not just praying, but praying with thanksgiving.
Praying with thanksgiving means thanking God for the things he has brought to your life for which you are grateful for. He asks us to be aware of not just the things we are unhappy with, but to look deeper to see the many things that we do have a reason to be happy about. In fact, you may even thank him for the situation that is causing the worry itself because it could be directing you to grow spiritually or emotionally.
When we put our requests to God with thanksgiving, grace can find its way into our lives in unimaginable ways. When we realise that the peace of God “transcends all understanding” that is enough reason to have hope and optimism about the future, but also about the value of the past (no matter how negative it may have been) in serving us for some other higher purpose. God can do the work of a year in the matter of seconds, and that’s what brings me hope.
There is no need to fear because God is the master of my life and when I place my trust in him I can let all my worry and anxiety go. If he can do things for my life that I can’t even imagine yet, why should I grow impatient with his plans and timing? God wants the best for us truly we just need to simply hand him the keys to our life to allow him to work within us.
All we have is today. Don’t waste it worrying about tomorrow or yesterday.
~ Adam, 2021
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