Thursday, February 28, 2013
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6
Do you ever wonder how to sow good thoughts when you feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulder? Do you really desire to dwell on positive joy-filled thoughts but have serious problems that seem to take front place in your mind? Do you really want a joy-filled life but know that you have issues that you must sort through?
Have you ever considered scheduling “worry time” in order to deal with pressing issues?
1. Identify and realize when you are worrying.
2. Set aside a time and place to think about these worries.
3. When you begin to worry, postpone it, and focus on the task at hand.
4. Use the “worry time” to try to solve the problems your worries present.
This process is a proactive way to focus on the problems that worry you and address them through problem solving. The “worry time” is not spent wringing hands and agonizing on issues. Instead, it is spent dealing with a solution.
I encourage you to add a time of prayer and meditation to your “worry time” in order to allow God to reveal to you discernment and direction. God wants to carry our burdens and give us a life of peace. Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you (Psalm 55:22).
Giving our worries to God is an important step in reaping a joy-filled life.