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Today’s Goal: One Word: Choose

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Category: Worry

 

Today’s word: Choose

 

Defined: choose–to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference:
She chose Sunday for her departure.

 

What it means to me: I get to decide what is most important.

 

 

My story:

This story happened just today.

I like my little routines. I like for example, to go into work about a half hour early. I sit in the break room and read while nibbling a bit of breakfast and sipping coffee. Well, today, I realized I had left my current book at home. Like I said, I like my rountines, so I was a bit disappointed.

Now, I carry a tiny bible in my work bag. I don’t generally do a lot of bible study at work, but it definitely can’t hurt to have it handy. It’s like my little spiritual first-aid kit. I pulled out my little bible (since that was the only thing I have to read), and immediately  I had the thought to read Psalm 97.

Okay, there is something we need to get out of the way. I realize it is early in our relationship, but you should know something about me. I talk to God and I believe that God talks to me. Please keep reading. Give me a chance to prove i’m not as crazy as I sound.

I believe that I (and everyone else) have access to a higher level of wisdom. You can call it intuition, Higher Power, Higher Consciousness, whatever. I call it God. I often get very strong inclinations or suggestions about certain choices to make. I always follow this instruction. It has never lead me wrong. I trust this guidance completely.

Okay, so moving on. Psalm 97. I am fairly new to the bible and there is a LOT that I haven’t read. When I first had that thought, I rationalized it away, and thought that’s probably something I’ve read lately. That’s why it popped into my mind. When I looked it up, I realized I’d never read this passage before.

For those of you who don’t know, the Psalms are song written by King David of Israel. His songs are typically full of praise and awe and respect for a mighty God. Psalm 97 is not really much different.

However, verse 9 really stuck in my brain. I kept rereading it. I knew something important was here.

Psalm 97:9. For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.

The more I thought about this, the more I began to understand something profound. In bible days, people often worshiped graven images (statues or idols meant to look like a particular god.)

Nowadays, I think our form of worship is what we put the most attention on.  Some people have turned their career into an idol because it’s all they ever think about. Some obsess over looking a certain way.

In other words, we spend the most time thinking about whatever is most important to us.

If I am constantly worrying/obsessing about a particular situation, then I  have made the problem more important than God.

Colossians 3:2  says: “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

What is my mind set on?

 

Here’s the great thing. I may have some bad thought habits, but I am not stuck. We have free will. We get to choose what we think about. I don’t have to spend all this time and energy worrying. I can choose to let it go and trust God to take care of it.

 

Takeaway: At any moment, as soon as I feel stressed or worried, I can stop and connect with God. I get to choose what I want to experience. I can choose to make God the most common thought I have.

 

 

Today’s goal: Today I choose to spend less time mired in the thoughts of this material world, and more time in thoughts of Love, hope, and forgiveness. Today I will choose to spend less time worrying, and more time worshiping. Today I will choose to spend less time with my problems and more time with God.

 

Affirmation to go:

Psalm 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

 

 

 

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