On My Mind and Heart: The Things We Worry About


I’m continually surprised at some of the things that we let upset us:

Little things.

Things from the past that we can’t change.

Things that other people say or do that have nothing to do with us.

Things we can’t control.

I’m no stranger when it comes to allowing some of the stuff listed above to distract my focus during the day (and keep me awake at night). And I know you’re no stranger to this worry either. But we shouldn’t be.  There are more important things on which to spend our time and energy. 

Rather than worry about who said what to whom about whomever, let’s spend our energy encouraging one another with a surprise card, post or text.

Rather than spinning our wheels trying to figure out what someone’s vague FB rant means and whether they are talking about us, how about we spend our time praying for them.

Let’s spend some time making lists of all the good things in our lives, our marriages, our cities, our schools and our churches rather than list everything that might be wrong.

Now, I’m not suggesting that we ignore real relationship issues, nor do I believe that there isn’t room for improvement in our relationships and institutions. But it seems to me our mindset is backwards.  Too often, we look for the bad before the good. Too quickly, we assume the worst instead of the best. Too many times, we focus on the little things of the past rather than the big things of the future.

At the top of this post is a picture of a button we hand out at our church. It says, “These Are My Church Clothes.” We hand them out to everybody. Anyone can wear them anytime. Why? Because we aren’t concerned about what people wear to church.  That’s a little thing. We care about whether they feel welcome at church.  That’s a big thing!

I suggest we stop worrying and start focusing.  I know if I choose to do that, my days will be a lot better. And my nights will be too!

2 responses to “On My Mind and Heart: The Things We Worry About

  1. Spot-on. Was reading Philippians 4:6-9 with Wyatt last night – the latter part of which reads “FIX your thoughts on what is true, honorable, and pure…. THEN the God of peace will be with you”. We can’t approach it the opposite way, and be overly concerned/ worried about trivial or transient matters, and expect to be full of peace. It’s one of those things that should seem so obvious and yet we are so bad at putting it into practice.

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