The Power to Face the Future…

However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth. Exodus 9:16 (HCSB)  

What, if any, situations have happened to you in the past week

_broke up with a boyfriend/girlfriend
_led someone to Christ
_lost in a race
_got caught in a lie
_failed a test
_made straight A’s on my report card
_upset my family
_worried about tomorrow

Something has happened over the past couple of days that have caused you worries and/or headaches.  Why is that?  Why is it that the things that happen cause us stress?  Whether it is in our control or not…we still stress.  It is a common thing, we all do it, but do we really need to?  Why do we worry?  It takes so much energy, so much time, so much effort…would it not be easier if we just choose not to worry?

Think of it this way; Where does worry get ya….

  • 10% worry about things that will never happen
  • 30%   worry about things about the past that can’t   be changed
  • 12% worry about criticism by others, mostly untrue
  • 10%   worry about health, which gets worse with   stress
  • 8% worry about real problems that will be faced

So with those stats we should realize that it is important to focus on THE FUTURE rather than to dwell on THE PAST! Why worry if things will never change or happen?

Focus?  Focus on what?  Our focus should be on our choices, and the results that will take place. As a part of your “Focus”…plan accordantly.  But be careful, because there is a difference between being “Focused” and “Obsessed”.  It is ok to focus on our future, matter of fact that becomes energy. Our future should drive us, it should excite us!  But if we are not careful it can and will turn into our stressor.  Remember this…worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV) 

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