When things are going great, we ride high, and live like they'll never change. All is well, let's get that bigger home, take that vacation we really can't afford, and buy that car the family can't fit in to. That's ok though, we can take another loan out and buy a cheaper minivan so we can all go to church together. "Hey God, You heard that didn't You, we're thinking of You too!" Of course, we can afford it. Then guess what, things change...no more OT pay, the wife gets laid off, or sickness comes, you know, you've been there. People treat their sobriety like that too. I know I have. Skip a few meetings, stop asking for God's direction every morning, just a little let up now and then. Suddenly, all kinds of goofy thoughts about fun times come flooding your brain, man you can feel the rush, taste the beer, hear that ole' jukebox playing honky tonkin' my-wife-left-town-with-my-best-friend-and-I-really-miss-him music. We think, "what's going on?" And people treat their spirituality even worse than the afore mentioned, praying only in deperate situations. (I'm speaking of followers of Christ, Jesus must have made a turn somewhere and got lost) Then adversity comes, a child is in trouble, or the Doctor gives some bad news, and we say something like, "God, how could you?" We then get a grip, and go to prayer. All of these bring us to feelings of desperation, and anxiety, unimaginable stress. All of these are unnecessary too. By the way, in these blogs, I'm talking to me as much as you.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6 (NIV)
That's the answer for all of the above mentioned problems, but its much better if we're not anxious about buying the car, home, or taking vacations. The stress we encounter to be first on the block to have one, is as great as the stress of trying to pay for it. Whether you prayerfully approach making insane purchases, or try to pay for the insanity you create, God will hear and help. He is not human, he knows you are. He don't leave the victim and say,"I told you not to do it, you deal with it." He will help. As anyone knows in a recovery program, if you fall down on your prayer, or service, meetings, etc, run to God not from Him. Just get back on track. And for the believer, who gets all wrapped up in the cares of life, USE THE MANUFACTURER'S HANDBOOK, live like you belive it, and you'll save yourself much stress and actually grow in Christ! These requests for help should ALWAYS be accompanied with thankfulness for the good things in our lives. Be grateful for the job you hate, tell God, "sorry" if you do. When you're thankful always, you tend to avoid those situations of regret and anxiety, gratitude keeps you spiritually fit when practiced. I'm off to work...thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith