Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
This is the scripture I chose to discuss with the members of my health and wellness ministry at our recent meeting. As Chair of my church’s health and wellness ministry “Food, Fitness and Faith,” I truly find a joy in helping those in my congregation to learn about not only being physically and mentally healthy, but spiritually healthy as well.
As we recognized Stress Awareness Month, I asked those in attendance, “What does this scripture mean to you?” Now I would like to ask you the very same question.
In lure of recent tragedies that occurred just yesterday (the Boston Marathon Bombing) as well as the things in life that occur on an everyday basis, I feel like this would be an opportune time to discuss this subject matter. Many things occur in life that we have no control over, but it is extremely important how we react to these life situations. Do you get anxious? Worried? Frustrated? Yes, I can relate.
Ever find yourself lost? Not knowing where to turn? I’ll be honest– I wanted to blame God for many situations in my life, including my being overweight and unhealthy. I told myself that because he was God and he had control over everything, that he LET me get things get out of control and allowed me to become obese. I look back now and realize how crazy I was, but I was also young.
I have matured in numerous ways and I have learned to not blame God for the things that occur in my life, but instead to continue to pray and shower him with praises and thanksgiving for the many blessings he has given me by his grace and mercy. In our meeting, our conclusion was that because of our strong faith, we should not react to the stresses of life in the same way as the world. I challenge you to be the same way.
My faith is stronger now because of my testimony. We all have a testimony, so let is make you stronger.
MY CHOICE: Trust in the Lord. Always.
YOUR CHALLENGE: Take a real spiritual look at yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself, “What does this scripture mean to you?”
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