Barnegat Anew has a Preview Party today! (900 West Bay Ave… at the Township Recreation Center, its behind the police station next to the skate park). Come and join us from 6pm until 8pm. We have a free pizza party, live music and a great message to kick off the holiday season. How to ‘kick worry to the curb’ and get thankful!
None of us are strangers to worry. It’s central to the way we have been brought up. We learn to look out for our self and our loved ones… get ahead… seek security. Of course, these are not bad things, but they can create a culture of worry. We are taught to act and fend for ourselves as if we were in control of EVERYTHING. As soon as we even think for a moment that something is in jeopardy: our health, our family, our job, our finances, a relationship… we start to wring our hands and worry about what we might lose… what might go wrong.
There is a sense in which we should worry in such cases, but there is also a sense in which we should be living each day looking beyond our worries. For example… I talked with a friend recently who worried intensely about losing his job in this bad economy. He worried for over a year… it made him sick! Eventually, he did lose his job. Then, he worried even more while unemployed. After awhile (a long while) he found a new job that he likes even more. OK… so this isn’t exactly every one’s story… but the fact of the matter is we don’t know what is coming next. Healthy worry is OK… but the bigger picture should have us looking beyond to all that we can be thankful for… and all that God still wants us to do (even if it isn’t what we THOUGHT God wanted us to do).
God has a plan for our lives… and there are many twists and turns that can be worrisome and scary, but God’s Spirit is working… let’s let it work!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.