Don't Worry, Be Happy

Several weeks ago I took a few days of Sabbath time – a time to get away and abide in God’s world. I traveled to Colorado City and stayed in a quaint B&B close to the city. The owners of the B&B were a cute little couple, Leo & Joyce. For my days away, I spent one on top of a small mountain in Garden of the God’s Park and my most favorite place next to a beautiful little creek in Bear Creek Regional Park reading, praying and connecting with God.

The focus for my Sabbath was worry. How might I let go and let God. The older I get, it seems the more I worry. I worry about finances, family, did I say or do the right thing, how will I get so many things done in one day, etc. etc. You get the picture. My theory has always been, worry and everything will be fine. It’s the things you don’t worry about that get you. I’m thinking that God isn’t liking my theory too much, so I am making an asserted effort to change.

I read a great book on worry during my time away – an oldie but goodie by Dale Carnegie. “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” It had lots of sound information for even today’s world. Some of the advice and quotes in the book I am taking to heart and I truly am working on changing my habits. I’d like to share a few with you today.

“The perfect way to conquer worry – prayer.” “Live in “air-tight compartments.” Don’t stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime.” “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” “Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries. Ask yourself “What are the odds against this thing’s happening at all? “What’s the worst that can happen if I can’t solve my problems?” “Put a “stop loss” order on your worries. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth and refuse to give it anymore.” Worrying accomplishes nothing. Worrying puts your focus in the wrong direction. Worrying is not good for you and it is the opposite of trusting God. The energy we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer.Worry replaced by prayer equals trust.

Serenity Prayer
“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And 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 He 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;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.” Amen. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

Tomorrow we gather for worship at 9 & 10:30 am. Hope to see you there!


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