I don’t know about you, but my mind can get so consumed with life that it effects me negatively. Even if most of my thoughts are positive, they can be all consuming. Over thinking can cause me to doubt my abilities, worry about things that are completely out of my control, and physically drain my energy. When my mental energy is sapped up by too many thoughts, it can make me physically exhausted and spiritually weak.
But I’m working on that.
Our thought life sets the attitude and direction of our spiritual and physical lives.
When we are consumed with concerns and worry , it can take a toll on our physical bodies. Our eyelids tend to get heavy earlier in the evening. Our muscles can ache. Headaches will come and go. We may turn to food or cigarettes or pills or some other vice to look for relief from the pressure that has built in our minds, even if it is temporary.
When we are consumed with concerns and worry, it can take a toll on our spiritual life. If we haven’t made reading the Bible and prayer a discipline in our daily lives, it’s easy to just skip it. Or, we read a Bible verse and immediately think “so and so sure could benefit from that one!” rather than ourselves. We can doubt our faith. Doubt our God. We might even gravitate towards others whose minds run a mile a minute as well and we can commiserate together instead of praying for one another.
33″ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
This. Is. So. Simple.
If you’ve ever wondered what God’s will is for your lives, here ya go! Yes, there is more to it than just this…but this…this is where our focus should be. He tells us clearly that if we seek Him out, the other things in our lives will be given to us. They will fall into place as they are meant to. He will take care of the details. He says not to worry about tomorrow. Don’t. Worry. About. It. Don’t.
I know this is so much easier to read or say than to apply it. Like I said, I’m working on it. The struggle is real. But, we must make the effort. We’ve got to keep our eyes on Him…not just because He says so, but because there’s a blessing that comes when we do.
His kingdom…the family of God.
noun king·dom \ˈkiŋ-dəm\
Definition of kingdom
: the eternal kingship of God
: the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled
His righteousness…His character.
adjective righ·teous \ˈrī-chəs\
I want less stress. I want less worry. I want less wondering about what tomorrow will bring. I want more peace, more confidence and more freedom in my mind.
Am I the only one?
When we are feeling consumed by our circumstances, remember the K.I.S.S. method ladies.
Take things one day at a time. Focus on Him. His leading. Trust Him.
The more I study and write and live, the more I feel He is asking me over and over “do you trust me?”. I’m trying to stay focused on Him and let Him worry about my tomorrow. After all, I don’t know what is coming, but He does.
What is it in your own life that you need to hand over to Him in exchange for keeping your focus on who He is? One thing that your worrying will do nothing to change. One thing.
I have my one thing for today that I’m handing back over to Him. Won’t you join me with your own stuff? He tells us if we do, that “all these things will be given to you as well”.
It’s really all about trusting Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
It’s so simple.