I have a pretty good life. Tom makes enough money for us to live comfortably. I have three well behaved children that love each other. I have great neighbors and friends. Tom gives me nights out when I want them. I even have two days a week to relax, or do chores, without the kids around. So, what is it that makes me feel stressed?
Yes, I do have an endless list of chores. I also have a bottomless laundry basket and a bottomless sink of dirty dishes. I also have three small children that constantly need my attention, love and assistance. Strangers are constantly saying to me, “Wow, you have your hands full!” or “You sure are busy!”. Oddly enough, when I hear them say that I typically think to myself, “Nah, it isn’t so bad.”
So what is it that stresses me out and gives me anxiety? What is it that makes me crack my knuckles and makes me nervous? Lack of control? A fear of the future? The unknown? Wondering if I made the right decision about a previous choice? I think it is all of the above. (I am cracking my knuckles right now just thinking about it.)
I have to put all of that in God’s hands. I can’t stress about decisions that i have already made. I can’t continue to think and re-think the past. Over thinking something does not change anything. I wastes time and mental energy. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition, present your requests to God, and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-8
I have got to learn to put the past behind me and move into the future while trusting God with all of the major life changes that are coming our way this year: Faith is going into kindergarten. Wilson will be starting preschool. I want to go to India for two weeks. Tom will have decisions to make in his work. People will get sick.
I have to smile and know that it is all taken care of. I have to do my part and be responsible, follow God’s leading, and pray earnestly about the major decisions that will need to be made. But in the meantime, I need to relax and enjoy the peace that has been offered to me. I need to relax and smile, and enjoy the precious moments that I have with my three young, energetic children. The dishes can wait!
Jesus says in Matthew 6:26-30: “‘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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
I need to remember that God is faithful. I can’t add a single hour to my life by worrying or being stressed. This is just life, and my life is pretty darn good!
“Lighten up, Francis!”