Friends, 2024 is here with us and as one Bible teacher wrote; ‘the pressures of our times have many of us caught in a web of the most acceptable, yet energy draining sin in the Christian family: WORRY. Friends, chances are good you woke up this morning, stepped out of bed, and before doing anything, strapped on your well – worn backpack of anxiety.
You started the day not with a prayer on your mind, but loaded down by worry. What a dreadful habit! Jesus challenged His followers with the question, ‘Who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?’(Matthew 6:27). Friends, worry solves nothing. It creates unrest and uneasiness, and if left unchecked it can churn our waves of anxiety into a perfect storm of emotions. Add a little imagination and creativity, and our worst fears come to life in technicolor brilliance. The stress from worry drains our energy and preoccupies our minds, stripping us of our peace. We fret over big things and little things. Some of us have a laundry list of concerns that feed our addiction to worry. It’s a very unattractive addiction, yet we somehow manage to make a joke out of it.
Anxiety has become a favourite pastime we love to hate. And worse, we are passing it on to our children. As they see the worry on our faces and hear it from our lips, we are mentoring them in the art of anxiety. So, what’s the answer for us to be able to live a spirit – filled life in 2024 – ‘Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything’
Wishing you a peaceful and successful 2024 in Christ.
Rev. William Davis