During the Lenten season I’m going to blog about freeing our minds of the clutter and junk that we let occupy some of the most precious space on the human body.
Phil 4:6-7 says,
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
I can remember the first time I read this verse and felt like God showed me my heart in a protective box. I called a bunch of people up and was so excited about finding this in the bible and asked them if they had ever heard of this verse because it was so revolutionary. I later learned that verse 7 about God’s peace beyond all understanding is what guards our hearts and minds was one of the most popular verses in the bible. So many people would quote this in sermons and in conversations about God’s peace I felt foolish for even acting like finding it was such a big deal. But the more I live my own life the more I’m convinced this is still a hidden gem in the bible that many people including Christians need to get deep down into their souls.
Yes we may have heard/read this verse before, but do we actually live it in context of verse 6.
How much do you worry? Does it help you… worry that is. If you are like me it seems like I worry about A LOT. More than I should thats for sure… and simply put, worry causes me to act in ways I normally would not act. I’m worried about the bills, worried about my kids (on so MANY levels!), worried about the church, worried about what people are posting on social media, worried about my families happiness, worried about others, worry, worry, worry.
Let’s be honest, if you can worry about it… I’ve probably done it, and bought the T-Shirt.
But this gem of a verse helps us understand that we not only should avoid worry at all costs… it gives us a way to actually NOT worry.
But, it requires action… “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need”
The action of prayer is required to not be so bogged down by worry. Is your mind free of worry? What worry is cluttering your mind occupying space it was never meant to occupy? Find that thing/those things and pray about it. Not sure about prayer, try it and see what happens. Prayer has the power to remove worry from our lives and yet I seem to pray less when I’m in a fit of worry. Tell God what you need, release the worry, and see how this simple practice impacts your daily lives, your relationships and your communication with God.
Worrying never solved ONE single problem.
In fact it usually creates more problems, more worry, more headache, and more lost space in that precious brain of yours.
So lets commit this lenten season to the freedom of our minds… Stop the insanity of worry that doesn’t solve the problems we see and only creates more. Let’s commit to help each other live lives free of worry!
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
What can I pray with you about so that the worry disappears and freedom comes?