We are living in some cray cray times, friends, and for me (and I’m sure for many of you) the thing that is really stressful or worrisome is the not knowing what’s going to happen next. I like to have at least somewhat of a plan for the week, and all these closures or hour changes or work changes can easily keep you on the edge.
But you know what? At the end of the day, it’s not in our control. This disease is not in our control, the economy is not in our control, the stock market is not in our control… there’s no real “promise” in any of it. And that can be STRESSFUL, if we choose to let it be.
I think that while we’re all in this “quarantine” period where we’ve got a little bit more time on our hands, we should really strive to live by this quote… “Today, I will not stress over the things I cannot control.” It’s much easier said than done, but a life full or worry and stress is not a way to live.
I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but when I write these Monday Motivation posts, I’m basically writing letters to myself based on where my head is that week/weekend. I write things that I know to be true, but that I struggle to keep at the forefront of my mind. There’s been many, many times over the past couple of years, where I’ve come here and searched through the posts because I was having a rough day or was feeling overwhelmed and just needed to hear something encouraging… and it’s sometimes easy to brush off others people’s advice or “it’ll all be ok’s,” but if I look back and read something I wrote, and then I’m not doing that or living by that, I’m like “Ok Mr. Hypocrite, get it together.”
Maybe that’s crazy, maybe that’s normal, but it works for me…
And, the reason I post these here is because if I need to hear some of this stuff, then maybe there’s someone else out there who needs to hear it, too.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Phillippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
I’m writing down this quote and this passage and putting it on my vanity so that I’ll see it every morning this week, and I’m choosing to let go of (at least some of) the stress that life is throwing our way lately.
I encourage you to find a way to remind yourself that the stress isn’t worth it and that there is Someone much greater who is in control of it all.