Do not worry…

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Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

“Do not worry about anything…” (v.6). Here’s another one of those “simple and hard” statements from scripture. I know I shouldn’t worry, but sometimes I do anyway. Lately the thing I tend to worry about is my young adult children.

They’re all good kids with good heads on their shoulders, but there’s so much of this world they don’t know yet. And while my job as a dad was to protect them in their younger years, that’s not really my job anymore. Now my job is to encourage, coach, mentor, support them… while they make their own life decisions and live with the consequences.

Yet, still, I worry.

In our passage for today the apostle Paul commends believers, not to worry but instead to pray. When I worry I focus on the nature of my challenges. When I pray I focus on the One for whom no challenge is too big. There are many things I cannot handle. There is nothing our God cannot handle.

Do not worry. Pray. Lord give us grace to actually do this. Amen.

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