Philippians 4 – Radical Joy
Worry. Yep, let’s put it out there. We worry about everything in our family. As I talk with others, they worry, too. My dad was a worrier, the chief of all worriers. He used to admit, “I hire out to worry for others, it’s my job.” My mom used to say, “I expect the worst, then when it doesn’t happen, I am happy.” I love my parents, but this isn’t how I wanted to live life. I work to see the positive side of life and to help others see it, too.
So let’s go to Paul who always has a positive perspective on life…while living it in jail. He’s IN JAIL, people, and this is what he says…(taking his cue from Jesus who also said, “in this world you will have trouble, but not to worry, I have overcome the world!”)
Philippians 4, The Message
Pray about everything
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
What do we learn?
–That moment you catch yourself worrying, STOP and pray.
–After we pray, we praise God, knowing He will make a way that will be in our best interest. Expect the best not the worst in everyone and every situation.
–In the Name of Jesus Christ, pray for peace in peril. This prayer is answered in ways that delight and surprise us. Just watch!
–When we realize our loving Christ is living in us, working through us, His peace settles us down. The speed in which He does this depends on how quickly we let go and let Him take over.
–Praise God when we are “settled”. God brings everything together for good…our missteps, life stuff that just happens, sickness, loss…all comes together by God’s hand and settles us down. Oh, how God loves us!
YES! “It’s wonderful what happens when Christs displaces worry at the center of our lives!”
Dear Heavenly Father,
I needed this today. I got up out of bed worrying about an upcoming test. What a waste of time and energy! What a waste of my health and nervous system thinking about it. Worrying makes you ugly in so many ways. So, I give it all to you. You are God and i am not. Make me whole and at peace. Thank you for immediately settling me down. Thank you for your peace. Thank you for continuing to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, and by His Power in us, we pray. Amen.