Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Do not worry

There are some things in this world htat never get old.

Yesterday was Metro’s Baptism. It never gets old hearing the story of God in people’s lives. The way He rescued them. When they surrendered. It’s amazing.

Yesterday I went into church after being gone for a week. I said in my last post that I’ve been restless. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I’ve had some kind of peace. It was so great to walk into the church and take a deep breath and fit perfectly. I feel like I've been trying to figure out where I belong for quite sometime now, maybe I should just sit, be quiet, listen (and breathe) instead of trying to figure it out on my own.

Yesterday J talked about worry. One of the first things I’ve ever spoken on… worry.

Matt 6:25-34 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I remember it. I prayed about what I should speak about… and I kept coming back to the same thing… Do not worry. I remember wrestling with God about it. I said “but I do” and He said “well you shouldn’t” and He spoke to my heart so deeply, and sometimes I still get caught up in it. But I have seen Him work out so many things for my good. Funny to me to lead that teaching all those years ago (I was newly saved at the time, but willing to do anything God called me to do) because as I researched and studied God spoke so sweetly to my heart “I love You Margie, I’ll always take care of you”. I still find myself getting anxious about things and I remember 2 things…

Something Ken Bussell said to me once “There is a fine line between worrying and sinning”

Pray don’t worry, you can’t do both

You could visibly see that people were moved yesterday. Lots of wiping of tears, hugs, God moved in the hearts of many.

I’ve been going to Metro for 6 years (7 in January) and while there are things (like in any church) that may be a little annoying to me, the heart of God is there. The leaders of our church desire people to not only know God but to LOVE Him, to live lives fully devoted to Him.

It never gets old watching people come to Jesus. It never gets old seeing people moved by the heart of a God who loves them! Even though large events are hard for me (they make me incredibly nervous – which can be good because it gives me a shot of adrenaline to help me move tables or clean up.

Lots going on in this heart of mine… but I’m not worried about it… God will work it out for my good and the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)

Matt 6:25-34 (msg)25-26"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29"Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.