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Why Worry?

worryRecently I received a phone call from a friend out of town regarding a job opportunity.  He had gone through an interview and really wanted this particular job.

Following the interview, guess what?  He had to wait.  Waiting turned into anxiety and worrying.

Now his question:

All I’m doing is sitting around worrying.  What do I do about that?

No doubt we all have our questions, our unanswerable questions.

What if I don’t get the job?

Will my kids ever get on track?

Can my marriage survive?

Now let me be candid.  I would love to have the answers at my fingertips.  But if I did, I would most likely simply be blowing smoke.

I’m not sure why Moses had to herd sheep for forty years.

Why did God allow Daniel to be thrown into the lion’s den because he faithfully prayed three times a day?

Life is filled with uncertainty and we don’t always get the phone call we wanted.  Wouldn’t we all like to have everything work out all the time?

Here is what we can do. This comes from one of Jesus’ talks on worry.  Actually it seems like He is having a case of ADD.  In Matthew 6 verse 25 Jesus essentially tells us that we must trust in the providence of God.

And in the middle of His talk, He says, “Look at the birds…”  Sounds like something we would say when we get distracted.  But Jesus was not distracted.  He simply wants us to realize that if God is concerned about these small creatures how much more does He love and care for us.

The birds don’t just fly around and expect food to magically appear in their nests.  They do their part.  But they are not worrying about their sustenance.

So how do we overcome our anxiety?  Simple, but not easy.

Accept that you have done all you can do.  You have gone through the interview.  You have prayed about the situation.  You took the necessary steps.

Believe that God has your best interests in mind.  Our desires are not always the best.

Commit it all to the Lord.

With that said, does that mean the anxiety will leave?  Sometimes no, because we allow uncertainty to make us anxious.

Perhaps the best way to sum it up is like Jesus did.  “Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)  Devotion to God is a prerequisite for the peace that we long for in the midst of uncertainty.

Put God first and you will have no reason to worry.

Why worry when you can trust God?

 

God’s Camera is Always On!

IMG_0440The events of the past week illustrate that we tend to do things if no one is watching. When the bombs at the Boston Marathon went off, one of the first comments I heard was, “With all the cameras in place, and all the cell phones with cameras, it should not take long to identify the perpetrators.”

Fascinating.

I wonder if the two brothers, who were quickly identified and pursued, even thought about the abundance of cameras.  I wonder if they thought about the consequences.

It all reminds me of the verse in Numbers 32:23 (KJV) which says, “…be sure your sin will find you out.”  Sobering.

God’s camera is always on.  He never misses a thing.  When you displayed a bad attitude at work or towards your boss, He saw it.

Sure, you may pull off your sinful act, and you may even attend a party that evening, but you will never get away.  Oh, perhaps for a time.  Maybe for a long time.

But one day you will be exposed, because God’s camera is always on!

First to Arrive, Last to Leave

Working_SteelErectionWithout a doubt many of my values about work came from my dad.  My dad taught me that if I was not ten minutes early then I was late.

He stressed getting on the job early and going over what had to be done for the day.  The reasoning was simple.  If the crew and I showed up right at starting time, the crew would stand around while I got my game plan together.  That equals wasted time and wasted money on wages.

Then when the day was over hang around a little.  Reflect, walk around, and survey what needs to be done the following day.  In all honesty I tended to continue to think about work long after I had left the job.

In construction it’s so common for the guys to pull up right at starting time.  In their minds they should get paid to get their tools out of their cars, take five minutes to get on the building, and have a few minutes of conversation.  Then when quitting time came they flew off the building as if they were going to a fire.  Go figure.  If they were asked to work five minutes extra they balked.

Which simply means that if you arrive first, or at least early, and leave last, or at least hang around a few minutes, you will set yourself apart from the crowd.

To this day it’s almost impossible for me not to arrive first and leave last.  For years it was ingrained into me, and I’m thankful that today it remains a core value.

 

Unexpected Can Be Remarkable

skiingAbout thirty years ago while working for my dad the unexpected happened.

To set the context, you need to know my dad was all about work.  He never stopped for lunch.  In fact, in his earlier days as a crane operator, while the others were eating lunch he wiped the crane down.  He felt like he could eat lunch while operating the crane.

Once again, my dad is in his element when he is cleaning or working.  To most of us we would say that dad never took time to enjoy life, but he was enjoying life if he was working or cleaning something.

To him those things were fun.

Well, one day my brother Mark, Scott, Mike, and I were working together on a job when dad pulled up.  We had not been working long so it was still early.

Dad jumps out of the truck and says, “Let’s go skiing!”

Totally unexpected.  Skip work and go skiing?  Are you kidding?  That simply never had happened before.

To this day it remains one of the most memorable days in my life.

I have skied many times.  But only once was it memorable.

And what made it memorable?  The unexpected.