No matter who you talk to these days, everyone is busy! It doesn’t matter the age, gender, occupation or other demographics … “I’m just so busy!” seems to be the default topic in most conversations.
In our “go, go, GO!” culture, I have to constantly remind myself to strike the balance between stewarding and structuring time … and obsessing and worrying about it.
Over the past year, Max Lucado has spoken a lot to that topic—and on the fact that, “The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.”
Anxiety weighs down the human heart (Proverbs 12:25 NRSV). But there’s a better way. Invite God to speak to the problem. “Capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NCV).
Slap handcuffs on the culprit, and march it before the One who has all authority! Jesus says, “Get away from here, Satan!” And as the discerning, sober-minded air traffic controller of your mind, you refuse to let the thought have the time of day.
Lay claim to every biblical promise you can remember, and set out to learn a few more. Give Satan no quarter. Give his lies no welcome. Resist the urge to exaggerate, overstate, or simplify. Focus on the facts. For all you know, God may want you to be a poster child for growth. What you can do is pray and trust!
Count me among the many who needed that word today—the reminder that despite how busy or overwhelmed we may become, we always have the choice to “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
And … thank you for your commitment to encouraging your listeners on this front every day!