And that's a long time.
And a lot of information.
And yet I continue seeking out how not to worry advice.
It's because I'm human. And I have a brain. And my human brain wants so badly to be an unbridled train going to whatever destination it wants.
Being the conductor of my thought life is a full-time job. The more though, that I take the controls the better I manage my stress and fear. So I keep practicing, keep charting the journey and keep moving through each day.
"Give us this day our daily bread" Matthew 6:11
The Lord's prayer, a very well known prayer, asks only what we need for today; not tomorrow, and not too much; please, provide me only what I need to satisfy me for today.
When stress and worry rise to the surface of my thoughts I recall this prayer and I ask myself, "How much of what I am stressed about right now will happen today?"
Will I have enough money for my bills ... today?
Will my kids find a good spouse ... today ?
Will I sell a house ... today?
Turns out of all the things I find myself worrying about NONE of them are going to come to fruition TODAY.
Therefore, I am spending a lot of mental energy on something that isn't going to even happen to me today.
So whenever I feel that tightness in my throat creep up, my heart race a little faster and my mind wander down a track that feels scary I ask myself, "Do you have what you need today?" and the truth is Yes! Yes, I do.
I remember "Give us this day our daily bread" and I close my eyes and thank God because it's clear to me that today, right now, in this moment I am well taken care of. And that is very much enough to be grateful.
Truth is asking myself if what I'm worried about will happen today has revolutionized my insides. Peace comes quickly every time I remind myself today I am not ruined. Today I have what I need.
"So never worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself." Matthew 6:34
I hope you examine your day and find that you have what you need to make it today. And if you do be at peace. You've made it this far.
Check out Rob Bell's podcast Wisdom Part 8: Two Things I Ask of You for the inspiration behind these thoughts today! Enjoy!