When I was young I asked my parents something like, "Why doesn't my mind ever turn off?"
I was always thinking. Always.
I guess other people were thinking, too.
But I only knew about my thinking.
It was constant.
And trying not to think was ridiculous.
And you know where thinking leads: WORRY, the ULTIMATE thinking.
I would hear about a car wreck... and immediately I would think about getting a call, or a visit from the police... about my most loved loved one(s)... dead.
Or I would go to a slasher movie (once is all) and I would think of lying in a bunk bed and suddenly out of my stomach would come a long knife. ('Course that would be one way to quit thinking, I guess.)
Any bad news on TV and my mind would go into gear. ... I would worry about how I could cope with disaster, war, being maimed for life.... etc., etc., etc. ...
Fear of losing loved ones was my number one worry, though.
That, and what people think about me (cuz they're thinking about me, surely).
Well, once you start down the worry-road it is hard to turn around.
But then, (yes, this is a sermon) I found my Savior.
When you're drowning you need one.
Jesus as Lord and Savior has become so cliche to some folks.
And sadly sometimes to me.
But oh, oh, OH, He IS SAVIOR.... HE IS.
He has saved us from all the awfulness... WHAT A PROFOUND RELIEF.
He IS the WAY.
Some folks say, Isn't that exclusive?... that Jesus is the only way?
Well, at least there IS a way!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(I need to get back on task..... which is about thinking/worry.)
I don't have to try and be perfect. (Thank heavens.)
And I can focus on verses like:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
and the verses before that:
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.
(I made those words bigger.)
I wasn't going to blog today - but I woke up wanting to.
Thanks for reading.