Try not to worry too much

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 15, 2014

I usually sleep very well. I go to sleep early and wake up early. When things are going good in my life, I have a tendency to enjoy being in a comfort zone. It’s when I begin to coast in life that God reminds me I’m in danger or maybe headed on the downgrade.

This past week was such an experience. In the morning, I pray for each of my children and their families. I focus mainly on my 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. I thank God for their health and ask for His continued protection over their lives. I’m overly concerned about a few of them and admit that I know God is in control of everything, but being human, I worry more than I should.

On Tuesday night, I went to bed thinking about those who seem to be headed in the wrong direction. I woke up at 2 a.m., tormented in fear of what was going on in some of their lives. I repeated the Serenity Prayer over and over, but the torment continued, so I decided to get up at 3:30 a.m.  

I was exhausted from thinking and worrying about things I can’t control, didn’t solve any of their problems and was robbed of a good night’s sleep and peace of mind.  

This continued well into the day. I wasted the entire day frustrated about things out of my control.  

That night, I asked God to forgive me for not trusting Him with my most precious possession, my family. Selfishly I thought about how much Jeanne and I had invested in all of their lives, only to be disappointed by some of their decisions. It was then that I was reminded by God that He invested much more in my life and I’ve disappointed Him.

The Bible says that when we go through trials, it’s just God testing us. I know that if I persevere through every trial, I’ll grow spiritually.

This morning I read the following:

If your cup seems too bitter, if your burden seems too heavy, be sure that it is the wounded hand that is holding the cup, and that it is He who carries the cross that is carrying the burden.

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