Justified Stress? 

Even though I’m prone to worry and fret, I need to put my faith in GOD. God is big enough, powerful enough, and loving enough to take the reins. God is enough. We don’t need to put the focus on our problems and ourselves — we need to rejoice and glorify God in everything we do! 

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of GOD.” 

1 Corinthians 10:31 

Life is about GOD, not me (and not you), so get over it. Think of a relationship you have. For example, you may have thought of a boyfriend, or your mom, dad, siblings, friends, or anyone you deeply care about. Think about how much time you spend with them — you’re constantly investing in them and getting to knew them. God should be your purpose. God should be my purpose. God should be my closest relationship. So why doesn’t my time reflect that? How much time should I be spending with God? Is it even close to the amount of time I spend with Him now? Chances are, no. Absolutely not. I’m spending a lot less time with God than I should. 

I may spend time with God more frequently than I choose to spend with a lot of people, but that doesn’t matter. Judging by the way I spend my time, God and I could have the closeness level equivalent to that of an acquaintance. That’s not too deep when I have the opportunity to get to know my God. To get to know my savior. Oh the joy, that He first loved us. I’m so undeserving, and thankful for His love. I’m thankful for his mercy and grace when I constantly mess up and I constantly fail Him. 

Yes, I pray (text Him), and I read His Word every once in a while (actually see what He’s saying to me in response), but I don’t spend anything more than about twenty minutes or less a day. Some days, I’ll have that rare “trip to Sonic” or “hey, let’s catch up over coffee,” but one could not say God is my best friend. One could not say He is of utmost priority to me. 

God, 

Please fill me up with You. Give me that desire to spend more and more time with You. God, please give me that drive and that passion. Please kindle all the energy and personality I have, and use it for Your Will. God, let my time reflect my priorities

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannnot change, the courage to change the things that I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time. Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is— not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will. That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and I may be supremely happy with Him forever in the next. 

Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive in the ones who have trespassed against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever — Amen.