So I receive a few daily emails from various ministries around the globe. Devotional, daily prayers but sometimes they're just random thoughts that someone had. Something that God's laid on their hearts and they choose to share it with others in hopes that it might help them too. Anyway, this morning one of these hit pretty close to home and I thought it would be lovely to share with everyone. It really did make me stop and think. Enjoy!
Why worry when you can meditate?
by John Fischer
ÂBlessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.Â (Psalm 1:1-2)
IÂm a chronic worrier. I come from a long line of worriers. A good deal of my conscious time is taken up with the act of worrying. According to Rick Warren, this means I would be good at meditation.
Meditation is focused thinking. It is not just for monks and clerics. David said that he loved to meditate day and night on the Word of God. Now this was also while he was running a kingdom, fighting a perpetual enemy on the battlefield, and at times, running for his life. didn'tidnÂt have a lot of time to sit with his legs crossed and go ÂOmmmmmm.Â That kind of meditation is meant to clear the mind of all thoughts. Biblical meditation is thinking focused on a particular aspect of God, a part of GodÂs Word, or a reminder of what he has done for you.
Worry is focused thinking as well. ItÂs focused on what I canÂt answer or solve about my situation. Worry, at least for me, is returning over and over again to a place where I am stuck. I must somehow negatively feed on that little flutter of panic each time I follow a path of worry to the same hopeless conclusion. These are thoughts that accompany me throughout the day. I donÂt sit down to worry. Worry is nagging negativity.
It would stand to reason that if I can do this kind of professional worrying while I go about my tasks for the day, then I could choose to meditate on GodÂs Word instead. Worry is usually all about what you canÂt do anything about anyway. ItÂs never productive. Imagine all that attention turned to God and his truth.
I have the feeling that if I learned to turn my chronic worrying into meditation, when I did actually sit down to do something about those things IÂm tempted to worry about, I might be in a much better frame of mind to find a solution.
Try it today. If you catch yourself worrying, turn your thoughts instead to God and his Word. Take a portion of Scripture and turn it over and over in your mind. Remember what God has done for you. Be thankful. Why worry when you can meditate?