Anxious Thoughts

 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” – Philippians 4:6-7

How many thoughts will you have today? Recent studies by the National Science Foundation suggest that, on average, people have 50,000 thoughts per day. Other studies suggest that this number may reach 70,000! This translates into thousands of thoughts every hour and more than one per second. What will you think about? Practical things, health and diet, relationships and interests, friends and family, feelings and decisions to be made, spiritual issues, finances, world events, and more. As thoughts turn over in your mind, at some point you may feel fear or anxiety. You might have concerns that seem impossible to shake. You can find yourself worried. It can seem impossible to be relieved of these burdening thoughts. But the Bible reminds us that God can give you peace and bring calmness to any troubled mind. How? If you find your mind filled with worries, tell God every detail. Everything that worries you. The Bible promises that He will take away your burdens and give you peace beyond anything you can understand. You can cast all your cares on Him “because he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). What worries do you have today? What burdens? God invites you to tell Him every thought. Not just pleasant things but frustrations and failures. Thoughts that weigh you down. Problems you face. Things you don’t understand. Tell Him every detail. Don’t hold back. Let Him give you His peace.

Read: Philippians 4

doing what you can

 “If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ does He who weighs the hearts not consider it? And does He who watches over your soul not know it? And will He not repay a person according to his work?” – Proverbs 24:12

Many people feel powerless, seemingly unable to make meaningful changes in their lives. Other people are preoccupied, unmoved by the needs of others. Some see mountains and assume they cannot be climbed. Others see armies and assume defeat is inevitable. Some encounter problems and look the other way. Addressing attitudes like these, 18th-century British statesman Edmund Burke once said, “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.” He realized that each person could do something. We are accountable for what we do with our time and resources. The Bible reminds us that God looks to see how we respond to circumstances. We should be like the Good Samaritan who reached out in compassion to help a man who had been wounded. We should not be like the priest and the Levite who saw the man but didn’t help him (Luke 10:30-37). God knows our hearts. He knows what He has given us and what we can do. He has blessed us that we might be a blessing to others. He looks for people ready to serve, who see needs and are ready to help. Make sure that you are not guilty of doing nothing because you could only do a little. Seek to bless others with the blessings God has given to you. Ask Him to show you how you can help and bless others with what you have.

Read: Proverbs 24