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Aug 3

Worry Wraps Us Up

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

This the final entry in a three-part series on chains that lock us down.

To review, “Gotta Be My Way” people and “Drama Draggers” need gentleness; the gentleness God provides will certainly be sufficient.

When we’re chained to self-pity, we “Something I Can Never Have” envious people, need to rest in gratitude and contentment for what they have.

These chains:
Shackle us to selfishness
Clamp our compassion
Fasten our desire to offer forgiveness
Latch us to loneliness
And padlock our potential

There is another chain that anchors us to our past.

Stuck In The Muck – Choosing to dwell of what’s wrong, rather than on what’s left keeps you stuck in the past.

God is aware how easy it is for some of us to get stuck in the muck.
God taught an ancient song-writer some life transforming truths.
That song-writer, inspired by God, wrote them down:

Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.

No, in fact, don’t worry:
– do not anguish in annoyance
– do not sit in apprehension
– do not bathe in bad news
– do not dwell on distresses
– do not focus on your fears
– do not hunker down in heartache,

Instead…

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry! Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper — it only leads to harm.

Turn from evil and do good…
For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly.”  1

I’d rather have stillness than schemes.
I’d rather have peace than doll out punishment.

I’d rather channel my pain toward God than chain myself to my pain.
This is mysilentscream.

 

1 – Psalm 37:1,7-8,27-28, CEV

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  1. Good stuff Scott. As I grow older (and I would hope wiser) I have learned some of these things get easier.
    – do not anguish in annoyance
    – do not sit in apprehension
    – do not bathe in bad news
    – do not dwell on distresses
    – do not focus on your fears
    – do not hunker down in heartache,

    How great is that?

  2. Thanks for the encouragement and the quote!

    =)

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