Slap in the face

Yesterday was an in-my-head kind of day. I spun the most outlandish stories from things that I was concerned about because I had no answers or resolution.

It was exhausting…

And frustrating because there was absolutely NO REASON for me to do so. I trapped myself in a web of insecurities, exaggerations, and baseless claims. My focus was on all the wrong things!

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As the scripture states, I did not add another moment to my life by spinning these tales. I actually wasted most of my day worrying about things that were not and most likely never going to happen.

And so, as I turned to scripture, I found The Message version of Matthew 6 to be the grace-filled slap in the face I needed…

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.

People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.

Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:30-33‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Slap. In. The. Face. Can I get an Amen?

And if that isn’t enough, our focus is gently corrected in verse 34…

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Instead of leaning on my inherent habit to ruminate, try and solve the mysteries of human behavior, and to take control of what feels(is) out of control, I need to give my attention to God.

Yesterday was a reminder of how much I need God, pure and simple.

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