Have you ever lay awake at night worrying and thinking and weighing and what if-ing? Wondering what the right choice is, the right path, the best decision, or ideal plan of action? What to do? What to think? What to decide?
Welcome to my world! — The mental Olympic Games of WORRY
Do you have a spiritual icon? Apart from Jesus Himself, I mean. Someone…human, that you look to in awe, amazed at the way they live like Jesus? The person that Matthew 25:21 directly applies to? “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” I have one of those “good and faithful” servants in my life, that I get to witness, up close, what a life living through Him looks like.
I also get to pick her brain in important situations to get a better idea of what God would also probably advise…since I swear they must be pen pal’s! That’s my sister-in-law and best-est friend, Piper. I always joke that when she reaches the pearly gates, they will roll out a literal red carpet and all the angels will line up on either side, giving her those low high fives (like at basketball games) as she runs down, slapping each one, to explode onto the Biggest game of all! I don’t know if there will be some pumped up, high energy music blasting her onto the heavenly scene or not…but wouldn’t be surprised. 😉
Recently, when Josh and I were deciding who we should hire amongst the selected candidates of new contractors to take over our little red house reno project, we were stumped. More like terrified to make the wrong choice again and be in an even bigger pickle than we are now!
(That’s a funny saying…doesn’t sound so terrible, I like pickles. But maybe if I was actually trapped in one, I would think differently. I don’t want that at all!)
They all seemed like good options, they all had balancing pro and con lists, if we went about the decision in a systematic, organized way. I would lay awake at night, thinking of each option, wondering which one we should hire. Josh and I would have lengthy conversations about the best option, expressing our fear of making the wrong decision again! Josh even said, “I wish someone else could decide; that way, if it all went wrong, then it wouldn’t have been because of my choice!” We were scared of making a mistake and it seemed like the more we thought about it, the more we talked about it, the more everything seemed so uncertain. What to do?!
I know! ~~~ Call my spiritual icon, Piper and see what she has to say!
Me: “We don’t know what to do; who to choose. This guy has A,B, & C…but also has X, Y, & Z. This other guy has his own set of A, B, & C…but also his own X, Y, & Z’s too! I went through our systematic pro’s and con’s list for each candidate.
Piper: “Well, did you pray about it?”
Me: “Oh. Ah…no.”
Piper: “You should probably do that and see if you can get some clarity.”
Me: “Oh. Ah…right!”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.”
How is that when it’s crunch time, I forget to enlist the help of basic biblical principles? Pray about it!!!!! Duh!!!!! How could I forget to do this?! But I did and I do all the time!
You’re probably wondering if praying abut it helped at all. And YES it did! The choice became clear once I allowed the spirit to calm my spinning what if’s, giving me pause to see the best choice with the information we had. Now, is this a fail safe? Is our selected choice the absolute correct one, who will not let us down in any way, shape, or form? I don’t know, honestly. But, what praying did for me was chilled me out…calmed my fears of making the wrong choice. Once I prayed about the whole thing, the choice that was best for us, became clear and “the peace of God” rested over us and our decision. For real.
Now…you try it!!
Til’ next time, be blessed!!
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